The Ghost Goal

Complex readers, it hurts to talk about this one. With his side 1-0 up in the semi finals of the FA Cup, Chelsea's Juan Mata took a shot at goal. A desperate scramble by Tottenham duo Ledley King and Benoit Assou-Ekotto appeared to have kept the ball clear of goal, but no. Referee Martin Atkinson awarded the goal, at which point I swore, loudly, in the direction of my television. Replays showed the ball had not crossed the line, and the goal should not have counted. I swore again, this time louder and Tottenham went on to lose the game 5-1. Bias aside, the incident is just one of many that show that it is about time FIFA looked to introduce video replay technology to help referees make the right call—just like they are able to do in every other major sport.

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