With penalty decisions, number of yellow and red cards distributed and the on-going debate on diving, referees have one of the toughest jobs in the game. From calling an offside decision to playing advantage, every outcome in modern day football seems to come from the whistle. But just how many mistakes can influence a game?
Just this week, there have been more referring errors than ever before this season and what is more, pundits and fans are seeing the wrong decisions being made time and time again. Mikel Arteta’s 84th minute goal sealed the three points for Arsenal against a spirited QPR side but the Spanish midfielder was very much offside when he headed against the bar before tapping in from close range.
Javier Hernandez was another culprit at Stamford Bridge when he easily finished from a couple of yards whilst being quite clearly offside. To the referee and linesman, the game is being played live and at such an intense speed, it’s not overly harsh to forgive them for missing it. However when goal-line technology is just around the corner, are their jobs at stake?