FOOTBALL matches are lost, fans are disappointed and managers get the sack.

Newcastle fans grumbled over Dwight Gayle’s disallowed goal against Bournemouth in a 0-1 home defeat, while Slaven Bilic at West Ham was the latest Premier League manager to bite the dust after West Ham lost 1-4 at home to Liverpool.

Yet those two results could have been so different with the use of video analysis.

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Liverpool’s first goal last Saturday at West Ham scored by Salah looked very much offside to me.

The ball was played forward to Salah, who looked to be a good half yard in front of the last West Ham defender.

I’m very surprised that the two Match of the Day pundits, Danny Murphy and Sam Allardyce, spent their time waxing lyrical about how easily Salah took his chance, but not once reviewed his position when he received the ball.

Gayle’s offside decision looked extremely harsh while Manchester City’s third goal scored by Gabriel Jesus against Arsenal, which was reviewed by the Match of the Day pundits, clearly showed a player in an offside position before crossing for Jesus to score.

Video analysis has been a great success in Lawn Tennis, cricket and Rugby Union – there is not an argument against it.

Somebody has to wake up and realise that players, managers, fans and clubs are all being cheated under the current state of affairs where a human being’s eyesight decides whether a player is offside or not in one of sport’s fastest moving games/businesses.

John Phelan, Howden-le-Wear