We were denied a late goal when United keeper Roy Carroll spilled Pedro Mendes’ spectacular lob from halfway clearly a yard over his own goalline. However, linesman Rob Lewis did not indicate a goal and referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on.
Both our Head Coach Martin Jol and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson called for the introduction of video technology to determine such decisions in the future.
However, as John explained this morning, any such directive has to come from FIFA, the game’s world governing body.
John said: “At some point in the future it is hoped that the Premier League will get the opportunity to come out in support of the use of technology in the game and when that day arrives, Tottenham will be supporters of it being introduced. We want to see fairness and the right result in games.
“At the moment, FIFA set the rules of the game and the referee’s decision is final in all matters. What will be required is FIFA to give an opportunity for some outside influence to be used to aid the referee make the right decisions in games.
“Once FIFA give that approval then it would be likely that some competitions would be invited to pilot a scheme, more likely to be a scheme that involves sensors in the framework of the goal and sensors in the ball as opposed to there being any ‘third eye’ or video umpire which we believe Sepp Blatter (FIFA president) is against.
“Having given that permission to use outside technology then, as a club, we would support it — and we believe the majority of Premier League clubs would be behind it as well. But, again, it would have to be at FIFA’s invitation.
“We hope that last night’s incident will accelerate the process and focus FIFA’s mind on it.
“The Premier League chairmen will be meeting in a fortnight and I’m sure it will be up for discussion.
“I know our chairman, Daniel Levy, is fully behind the calls for the use of technology and he will no doubt look forward to that debate.”
As a club we are fully behind calls for the introduction of new technology into the game — here, our secretary John Alexander explains the current state of play of what is the talking point in football following our ‘goal’ in last night’s draw at Old Trafford.