Arsenal boss: Poor refereeing is bad for football

Arsenal new: Arsene Wenger welcomes Hawk-Eye technology but claims it is only "a good start"

Robert Thaine
Published 04/14/2013 08:44 by Robert Thaine, read by 2,423 people.

Arsene Wenger labelled the standard of refereeing in the Champions League as “poor”, but urged UEFA to give them technology.

After another controversial week in Europe's top competitions,Wenger advocated that they must seriously think about televisual help.

On Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund reached the Champions League semi-final, thanks to a stoppage time winner, despite Malaga's players appealing for what was an offside goal. And last week Paris St Germain scored an offside goal against Barcelona.

Wenger was quoted as saying in The Guardian: “To be honest I think the standard of refereeing has been poor throughout the whole of this season's Champions League.

“If you analyse how all the teams in the Champions League semi-finals got through, you will see that there have been many decisions that have been wrong, and I don't know why.”

The Premier League recently agreed to use the Hawk-Eye system for next season, starting with the Community Shield in August - it will only be used to determine whether the ball has crossed the goal line.

But Arsenal manager Wenger wants it to cover more such as offsides. 

He added:  “I think it's good news that the Premier League are going to introduce it, and I hope there will be more technology because we all want the decisions to be correct, the more help that referees get the better it will be.

“If you look at the level of refereeing this week you will see that it's absolutely disastrous what has happened.

“When you see four players that are clearly all offside and nobody sees it, how can this happen? In the same action another player is offside and scores a goal, and we defend that because we do not want to move forward. That is not acceptable.

“This controversy is not good for football. The right decisions are good for football, we all accept getting beaten by a team who are better than you but when it's down to a wrong refereeing decision, then it becomes frustrating.

“For example, you had a player scoring a goal who was at least two meters offside in the Paris St Germain v Barcelona game, but the official behind the goal doesn't call it offside. 

“If you go through all the matches there are some major wrong decisions. You can either agree and say: ‘yes it's part of the game,’ or we can try and improve them, and the technology can help us.”

When he was asked if he hoped that the Premier League's decision would put pressure on UEFA to follow,the Gunners boss replied: 'If it works it will, and I think it will. I cannot see how it can fail, it's a good start.”

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