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  1. GraemeS

    Netherlands vs France

    We surely can't expect the keeper to deliberately dive into an opponent in the PA, probably giving a penalty away, on the vague assumption that he might get a favourable subjective offside?
  2. GraemeS

    Netherlands vs France

    Keeper would have to have dived through the attacker to make a save. Certainly "feels" offside to me for that reason.
  3. GraemeS

    Netherlands vs France

    Someone needs to tell Jenas to open his eyes and notice the flag was up on field.
  4. GraemeS

    Crawley vs Crewe

    The ref absolutely can. A review can't be initiated purely to recommend a card for simulation, but if it's initiated for some other valid reason (such as overturning a penalty decision), the referee can decide on any sanction/restart once he's at the monitor. But as you say, in this case, it...
  5. GraemeS

    VAR Vote

    Maybe? It's hard to tell, but I feel like as a ref, if the system existed to formally challenge and a player just chose to shout at me instead, I'd be far more willing to start throwing out dissent cautions. That might change once reviews are wasted (although I would hope pundits at least...
  6. GraemeS

    VAR Vote

    I mean, I obviously think it's a really good idea. There's no real detail in Dale's tweet so far, so there are still obviously lots of opportunities for them to make a mess of the system in the fine print, but I'm excited to see how this goes.
  7. GraemeS

    VAR Vote

    PGMOL don't get the say unfortunately as I do think there are modernisers in that organisation (again, now, perhaps not when VAR was first introduced and they insisted on making the same mistake with offside Germany had already done). But this extent of progress would have to be carried out by...
  8. GraemeS

    VAR Vote

    If we ignore the idea of a challenge system completely (which I do think is a legitimate option, but will drag the thread off the rails). The next most obvious set of improvements is in the way TMO is applied in rugby (Or at least, was applied pre-bunker review, I think that's a backwards...
  9. GraemeS

    VAR Vote

    But as we've said elsewhere, I don't see why that means we can't learn and borrow from those other sports. It's not the case that any borrowed system needs to be a 100% perfect match that fixes every single problem in football on day 1, and your repeated insistence that no other system is...
  10. GraemeS

    Man U v Arsenal

    Ah, so it's a case of money triumphing over player welfare then? Mystery solved....
  11. GraemeS

    VAR Vote

    Fair, but again, it was ballsed up by a complete misunderstanding from the people implementing them as to what the point of doing this is. Fans and managers don't want two immobile additional referees/ARs secretly boosting the correct decisions by a few %, they want actual evidence of useful...
  12. GraemeS

    Man U v Arsenal

    I saw the same. None of which explains what the ditch couldn't be filled in, or some kind of mezzanine-like surface built over the ditch to make it safer for player who leave the FOP at speed.
  13. GraemeS

    VAR Vote

    Yeah, that too.
  14. GraemeS

    VAR Vote

    I think VAR is a good idea in principal, I think we're still stuck with a poor version of it. I've said before, but it baffles me that they didn't start by copy/pasting the rugby TMO system and tweaking from there. Instead choosing to build a new system from scratch and introducing a bunch of...
  15. GraemeS

    Huge bold move - NOT

    As well as all the above valid concerns, I'm also wary of anything that gives captains too much legitimacy. McGinn was giving Hooper an earful all game last night, but Hooper seemed reluctant to book him in part because of the armband - it needs to be reiterated that captains don't get complete...
  16. GraemeS

    Hanging up whistle

    I would also consider doing less might help. When I was going for 4 I found the experience really gruelling - doing a game most weekends, sometimes two a weekend, often with a midweek in there as well. Once I realised I wasn't getting 4, I started emailing the appointments sec and basically just...
  17. GraemeS

    Man U v Arsenal

    When United get the builders in to fix the roof, they also need to fill in that moat while they're at it! One of the most dangerous aspects of any football pitch I've ever seen, I can't believe they've not been made to sort it out before. But regarding your actual question - did he definitely...
  18. GraemeS

    Why explaining decisions probably won't make any difference

    And now who's not reading someone else's posts? Obviously some pundits somewhere will disagree. I'm specifically not claiming that this is a magic fix that will instantly remove any disagreement from the game. But that already happens and any improvement is still an improvement. So to prove...
  19. GraemeS

    Why explaining decisions probably won't make any difference

    You've posted a video of a pundit and a referee having an argument as an example of why this idea won't work. Here's a simple fix to that problem - don't set up a system where pundits can argue with referees. Which is exactly what's being proposed. Any attempt to extend that to what pundits...
  20. GraemeS

    Hanging up whistle

    I think that's fair. I've done barely any this season due to a mix of injuries and my wife's work changing and my availability changing as a result and I can't say I've massively missed the bug, but there's always a chance of that changing in August. Either way, you gain nothing by just...
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