Date: 19th December 2005 at 10:50am
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Leicester City’s 22 shots to one goal against Crewe was the worst goals to shots ratio in Coca Cola League championship football on Saturday but statistics never tell quite the full story – cos Elvis Hammond had what some believe to be a perfectly legitimate ‘goal’ disallowed.

Not for the first time – it happened at Derby too – Hammond was the apparent victim of a marginal decision.

Undoubtedly the two events cost Leicester points. A similar decision ruling out a Van Persie opener for Arsenal against Chelsea yesterday almost certainly changed the course of that game.

And it all spells out in capital letters the need for video replays to be introduced.

Already the technology has settled many a difficult debate in rugby and cricket circles.

What can’t speak can’t lie and nor do videos respond to crowd reaction, lose concentration or make mistakes because they can’t see two places at once.

Certainly sometimes, like officials, the video doesn’t ‘see’ clearly enough or conclusively enough to make the right decision indisputable but that is not a problem. If in doubt, rule it out.

Consider the effect of these decisions…

Leicester might well have beaten both Crewe and Derby with the Hammond goals and been much more comfortably placed to challenge for a play-off spot.

Instead they continue flirting with the relegation zone and manager Levein takes more stick than he probably deserves.

Arsenal at 1-0 up might well have closed the game out and kept the title race open. But, instead, runaway league leaders Chelsea secured a 2-0 win and one doubts that anyone would now bet against them finishing top.

So, surely, the time has come when the football authorities must step in on behalf of fair play and introduce the technology that will take so much of the controversy out of difficult decision making.

Why are they seemingly so reluctant?