“We have to keep beating the drum about goal-line technology for helping the referees out. That was never a goal by Juan Mata, and everyone knows it. Martin Atkinson did apologize to Harry Redknapp after the game, but it’s too late.
I’m not saying that single call changed the face of the game. Yet, everyone realizes that these calls hurt the sport. We saw Chelsea get an unfair lift at Stamford Bridge against Wigan last Sunday, and the Latics might suffer relegation because of it. Manchester United were clearly denied a penalty this week as well.
The referees have a very difficult job, and I think if you asked them they would tell you they would welcome the help.
Forget all the business about human error, and face the facts. There is too much money, too much pressure and too much attention to sweep this under the carpet any longer. There are going to be a lot of conversations about this very issue, and I just hope we do the right thing and get the referees an extra set of eyes that technology can bring.”