11.03.2010

Eyesight "a big part in football decisions"

Eyesight "a big part in football decisions"

By Emily Tait

Eyesight has a big part to play in refereeing decisions during football games, Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish recently said.

The Scot recently saw a goal denied to his side against Portsmouth in a recent FA Cup tie, even though the ball crossed the line.

Birmingham ended up losing the game 2-0 and crashed out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.

"There must be stringent rules for this level for referees to be top match-fit and obviously the eyesight is a huge factor," the manager said, perhaps indicating some officials will need contact lenses to help them see correctly.

He called for the introduction of goal-line technology so that decisions are correct, noting that such systems are used in other sports at the top level.

Fifa recently announced that it would not be implementing goal-line technology.

General secretary of the organisation Jerome Valcke said "door is closed" on the issue.

by Martin Burns


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