Football managers wronged by contentious decisions have for years been lauding the benefits of goal-line technology and video replays as a way to make the game fairer.
Southampton manager Claude Puel was the latest to do so on Sunday after his side were denied a legitimate goal during the EFL Cup final against Man United at Wembley by an incorrect offside call.
But as we know in life, things often go both ways.
And so it proved for PSV Eindhoven, whose Eredivisie title hopes were all but extinguished on the same day by said goal-line technology.
Drawing 1-1 at league leaders Feyenoord, PSV’s goalkeeper Jereon Zoet saved a header from Feyenoord’s Jan-Arie van der Heijden on the goal-line.
Then as he got to his feet Zoet pulled the ball into his chest, causing it to cross the goal-line by the finest of margins – although it was enough for the watch on the referee’s wrist to indicate a goal – and so it was given.
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With just eight minutes left, PSV were unable to get back into the game, the 2-1 defeat leaving them 11 points adrift with just 10 games to go.
Still, Zoet refused to take the blame for his blunder, instead saying the referee was at fault.
“This is seriously f***** up”, Zoet told reporters. “The goal-line technology made the difference and things could have been different if it had not.
“He [the referee] went only by his watch. If that had not happened, I think he would have said no goal.
“The only thing I thought was that I had to take away ball on the line. I did everything. What happened next, I do not know, that goes in a flash.
“We can look back at the images a thousand times. It does not change anything.”
This is the result. 2-1 Feyenoord. PSV 11 points adrift with just 10 matches remaining. pic.twitter.com/2o6B9YVumE
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Are you buying Zoet’s explanation?