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By brian amos

Could they help ?

Just my thoughts after seeing the Seaford team, once again , being on the wrong end of poor linesmen decisions .We all know the officials do their best and there would be no matches ,at our level ,without them, but at best some are linesman and NOT assistant referees .To be called that they should assist not duck out of important decision making .Now in fairness i am aware it is possible the referee may only want them to give throw in /offside decisions but surely as assistant referees they should be trusted to give more than just that input into the match. It may seem silly but can little things help .I have seen many officials running the line who are quite elderly dressed in shirt and shorts clearly frozen,especially on a cold wet ,windy day at The Crouch because thats the way it has always been .But surely they could wear a waterproof jacket and bottoms plus even ,like our poor little luvvies who play in the Premier League a pair of gloves .It may not help but it might just make them warmer and therefore more alert to whats is going on. Also and i realise this is not easy but in rugby the pitch is roughly divided into 4 quarters with a 22 metre line from edge of playing area .Could this be adapted in football .Most pitches, in length, i think are about 100 yards so each half say 50 yards .With the speed that passes are made if a long ball forward is played no way is the linesman able to keep up as proved yesterday .But if they did not go beyond say 25 yards ,and there should be no need to to see which way a throw be awarded or a push in the back then they would be far more able to get in to position to help with decisions in the more controversial ares of the pitch.Only little thoughts but until STFC get VAR they might just help . but i doubt it cos of tradition.

Updated 09:46 - 3 Mar 2019 by brian amos

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