The Case for a New SFA.


Neepheid, Exactly.  And I won’t lie.  The involvement of the previously …

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Exactly.  And I won’t lie.  The involvement of the previously untouchable cardigan man in said dysfunctional board is gloriously ironic.

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I too will be offering a toast with a cheeky wee Spanish Rioja.  I’m still in Scotland obviously but it seems as good an excuse as any! 

The Case for a New SFA.
Oh absolutely Tayred which is why I propose spending zero (since Sky have done it already) and fixing the biggest black and white calls first – lampards non goal against Germany in the WC always being the one that is cited since I think someone calculated that within 3 secs something like (I forget the figures now but say) 1bn knew that it was a goal and only the referee was allowed to be kept in the dark.

Yes there is then a debate about to what extent you use it to be had – I saw mention of the Griffith handball in the cup semi the other day for instance – where do you start and stop with open play decisions, but that’s not a reason to ignore the already available in situ evidence on hand for the big black and white calls.

The Case for a New SFA.

Tayred said

What does come out of this is a clear picture that TV evidence while solving some dilemmas (goal/no goal being clear), it muddies the water on some areas and creates new dilemmas that weren’t even a problem before.

Which is why I don’t understand the instant clamour for millions to be spent on goal line technology, football’s equivalent of TMO and so forth.

In modern times we have a situation for so-called big games where highly advanced instantaneous tv coverage is already available for pennies that allows a situation where every fan in the ground can watch a replay, but only the referee can’t. That is patent nonsense.

I’ve never bought into the notion that it is unfair on the “big” club since the little one doesn’t get the same coverage. Surely its better to be right maybe 40% of the time (and 100% right in the, by definition more important, big games) for the big decisions such as the goal line calls for negligible outlay than persist with the present situation which will only get worse.

My only concern would be that it would make the referees in the big games lazy.

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reasonablechap 5th November 2020 at 08:24

I think that certainly in recent years, it would be much more accurate for it to read…

"When you pull on that jersey you are not just playing for a football club, you're playing for a PLC"

Sorry, me no understandy…

I thought the separation was an accepted given now no…?

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You have to remember Menace the “being out” and the positive test are not necessarily related.  As I understand it, Players 1-4 can be out and player 5, who is within just one of 1-4’s training bubble can test positive for the fan to struggle. 

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Agreed wottpi.  Aberdeen in a way actually called their bluff and said ok we’ll play.  The approach now seems to be that we’ll all simply avoid there being a repeat rather than address what I personally think is inevitable at some point.

and FWIW I still wouldn’t agree with giving “them upstairs“ executive powers to do what they deem fair.  They negated that possibility a long time ago.

Fergus McCann v David Murray
The issue would have been (I think) how does the SPFL order a game to be forfeit if “the offending side” is standing there ready to play? 

What will happen if for instance in the hypothetical match City versus Utd, 4 of City’s players and families are pictured in Dobbies having lunch in close proximity and the pictures hit the Rags websites?  Or, as is perfectly possible, 2 from each side?

i assume that’s the purpose of tomorrow’s zoom call with managers and captains.

Similarly I’m not sure on what grounds the SG could act.  They can order the postponement, as they did, not the forfeit.

and of course, if City happen to be top 5 premiership and Utd are part time, is it even fair to apply the play or forfeit rule?

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Absolutely Homunculus, particularly the last line. Which is what I suspect will make it completely unworkable.

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