Holland: Let technology help the Officials

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Following a number of controversial refereeing decisions in the last round of the A-League, calls have been made for an officiating overhaul.

Four game-changing decisions occurred, including one in Adelaide United’s loss to Perth Glory on Friday night when Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic was seemingly infringed in his goal trying to catch a floated cross. Perth were able to score in an open goal with Galekovic downed and ran away with the three points thereafter.

Speaking after Friday’s controversial loss, Adelaide United midfield James Holland said that refereeing football is a tough gig that could be mitigated by technological assistance.

“Match officials are going to make mistakes like footballers,” Holland said. “Whether they are held accountable or not, that’s up to the referee’s association.

“It’s disappointing when those mistakes affect the outcome of the game.

“For us, we’ve had a few situations this season that have affected the outcome of the game, maybe it’s time for a video referee for the big decisions.

“Maybe that could be a possible solution to also help the referees and help us,” he added.

Adelaide’s tense clash with Perth on Friday ended with winger Jordan O’Doherty being sent off for a studs-up challenge, while coach Guillermo Amor being banished to the sidelines for protesting Glory’s second goal.

Andy Keogh was able to tap the ball into an open goal on 65 minutes after keeper Eugene Galekovic dropped the ball in the box, but replays indicated he may have been infringed as he tried to catch it.

Amor took great umbrage with the decision to let the goal stand and was sent off by referee Jarred Gillett immediately after Perth took the lead. He will now serve a one match ban and will miss his team’s away clash with Sydney FC on Saturday night.

 

 

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