Scudamore wants help for officials

ENGLISH Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has renewed his call for goal-line technology to be introduced into football.

The latest controversy on the subject was sparked when Juan Mata’s goal for Chelsea against Tottenham in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final was awarded despite appearing to be stopped well short of the line. And Scudamore said: “I hope to see some goal-line technology, or a wider use of technology, to help officials because it’s football’s toughest job. They do a great job but there’s things we must be able to help them with and we should be doing that.”

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The Mata incident united both teams in condemnation of referee Martin Atkinson’s decision, with Spurs’ Scott Parker saying: “It’s not even a debate, is it, really? I think it’s clearly obvious. It’s not even one we can sit here and say, ‘Did it or didn’t it?’. It was nowhere near the line.”

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor added: “They have to make something happen because it’s killing the league.”