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Top 5 Goal Line Technology Blunders

The big story on Tuesday night was that England have progressed in Euro 2012! Their 1-0 win over Ukraine sealed their progression into the last 8 of the tournament, but controversy overshadowed the win.

Ukraine’s Marko Devic was played through on goal but his shot was saved by England keeper Joe Hart. The ball did go underneath the keeper and bobbled towards goal until John Terry hooked the ball away from the goal line – but on the replays, you could see that the whole of the ball was just over the line.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter then took to Twitter by saying that “Goal Line Technology is no longer an alternative but a necessity” – so in light of the latest goal line incident, what are the biggest goal line errors in Premier League history? Here are 5 for you…

PEDRO MENDES VS MANCHESTER UNITED

When Pedro Mendes picked the ball up on the halfway line in 2005, the seconds were dwindling down and a 0-0 draw seemed inevitable. However, the Portuguese midfielder spotted United goalkeeper Roy Carroll some way off his line and went for an ambitious shot. The ball ballooned in the air and dropped fairly comfortably for Carroll to catch and set United away on the attack. Carroll inexplicably dropped the ball over the goal line – by some distance. Fortunately for Carroll and Manchester United, the linesman missed it and the game finished 0-0…

FRANK LAMPARD VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

With Tottenham leading 1-0 through Sandro’s sublime strike, Chelsea needed an equaliser. The ever reliable Frank Lampard had a go from distance and Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes appeared to have the situation under control – only for the error prone Brazilian to let the ball squirm through his fingers and towards the goal.

Gomes scrambled back and seemingly clawed the ball off the line, but the linesman gave the goal. When watching the replays, you can see that most of the ball is over the line but not all of the ball – and by the letter of the law, that’s not a goal. Chelsea went on to win the game 2-1.

CLINT HILL VS BOLTON WANDERERS

With both teams fighting for their Premier League lives, the 3 points were crucial for both sides. With 20 minutes gone and the score 0-0, QPR won a corner. The ball was whipped into the near post and defender Clint Hill headed the ball home, only for Adam Bogdan to claw the ball away onto the crossbar. The ball was quite clearly over the line and with Bolton going on to win 2-1, it could’ve cost QPR their place in the Premier League next season. In the end, Bolton were relegated and QPR survived – could you say justice was done?

CARLOS TEVEZ/BOBBY ZAMORA VS BLACKBURN ROVERS

Amid speculation over how West Ham signed Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, the Hammers were embroiled in a relegation scrap. After Tevez had hauled them back into the game from the penalty spot, the moment of contention arose.

As the ball came into the area, Lee Bowyer’s backheel was cleared off the line and Bobby Zamora smashed the ball past the goalkeeper, only for Tevez to block the ball on the line. Not only was Tevez offside, but the ball never crossed the line and West Ham were awarded the goal. West Ham ended up staying in the Premier League on the final day of the season and their win at Ewood Park helped them on their way.

GERRY TAGGART VS EVERTON

As Bolton and Everton were scrapping for survival, the sides met in 1997 and a win would have been vital for either side. The game finished 0-0 but it wasn’t without incident. Bolton defender Gerry Taggart sent the ball into the net with a thumping header, but Everton defender Terry Phelan hacked the ball clear, with the ball evidently over the line. Unfortunately for Bolton fans, it gets even worse. Everton did survive in the Premier League but Bolton were relegated – just one point behind the Toffees.

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