Everton boss David Moyes was left fuming on Monday night as Everton were held to a 2-2 draw against Newcastle.


It wasn’t super substitute Demba Ba’s two goals that were the cause of his anguish at Goodison Park though, it was two nightmare decisions by referee Mike Jones that resulted in two Everton football goals not being awarded.

One of the footballs that hit the back of the net but didn’t count was Fellaini’s strike which was deemed to be offside, but later transpired that it wasn’t and the goal should have been awarded. The Belgian international has had a good start to the season, netting two goals in four appearances in an Everton football kit in their strong start.

Fair enough, the officials made a mistake, every other game sees a goal given or not given due to a bad offside decision, it’s down to human error and they’re bound to get things wrong.

But then Victor Anichebe saw his second goal of the game, a header which was clearly over the line, ruled out by the officials. One incident in a game is bad enough, but two is shocking for officials who are supposed to be at the top of their game.

Football trophies and football medals depend on these kind of decisions being correct, and incidents like these reignite the demand for goal line technology. The FA has said they want to introduce the technology as soon as practically possible, looking towards the start of the 2013-14 season.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew, who has a history of abusing referees after he was suspended for shoving an assistant, agreed with Moyes that the goals should have stood, but apart from having a word with the referee and making their case, there’s no way to go back and reverse the decision.

Which is a pity for Everton, because they were by far the better team. But, as they say, that’s football.

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