Date: 10th April 2016 at 10:24am
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2. Incorrect decisions can have a big impact

There is a lot being discussed with regards to the poor standards of refereeing at the moment and it is the performances of incompetent officials that can have a big impact on the beautiful game. Graham Poll recently criticised the standard of officiating this season, condemning it as weak and not fit for purpose.

A shot from Frank Lampard beats Manuel Neuer but according to the referee did not cross the goal line. Photo: Mark Leech.

A shot from England’s Lampard beats Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but according to the referee the ball did not cross the goal line – Photo: Mark Leech.

The most notable refereeing mistakes include: Frank Lampard’s strike against Germany in the 2010 World Cup not being given; the phantom ‘ghost goal’ in Reading’s 2-2 draw against Watford; the mistaken identity in the sending offs of Wes Brown, Kieran Gibbs and Gareth McAuley; and not forgetting the man himself, Graham Poll’s three yellow cards. This is without even mentioning Diego Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God’ in the 1986 World Cup…

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