Derek Davis' Football Chatter

YET another week goes by with a controversial goal-line incident hitting the headlines.This time it was the amazing blunder by Howard Webb and his assistant at Blackburn when they allowed a Bobby Zamora goal to stand when it clearly should not have.

YET another week goes by with a controversial goal-line incident hitting the headlines.

This time it was the amazing blunder by Howard Webb and his assistant at Blackburn when they allowed a Bobby Zamora goal to stand when it clearly should not have.

While West Ham will be grateful for the three points in their relegation battle, you can understand the fury of Mark Hughes and his players as they try and qualify for Europe once again.

To make matters worse Hughes and those on the touchline knew for sure using technology available within six seconds that the ball did not cross the line and was in fact stopped by Carlos Tevez, who was in an offside position.


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But the officials were not allowed to correct their mistake, even though the fourth official also knew it to be wrong.

This incident one again showed the caveman attitude of the game's rulers while rugby is light years ahead.

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A crucial try for France against Scotland was looked at by the video official and allowed to stand, thus handing the RBS Six Nations title to France ahead of Ireland on points difference. Ironically, the man making the vital decision in Paris to deny the men in green, who won handsomely in Italy on St Patrick's Day - was Irish.

WITH management comes responsibility and Brian Stein had to make some unpopular decisions in his first game in charge of Luton after Mike Newell's sacking.

He made a handful of changes to the squad but dropping Dean Morgan meant he got a frosty reception at home.

Stein's daughter has been enjoying a lengthy relationship with the former Colchester United forward, so you can imagine how the family gathering for Mother's Day lunch went the day after Morgan's omission and the subsequent 2-0 Hatters defeat.

I also hear that the partners of the Luton players were not exactly impressed with the Ipswich fans' chant of 'You've only got fat WAGS' as they grouped together in an executive box in the corner near where the Blues support was gathered on Saturday.

WILLIE Donachie has been handed a two-year extension to his managerial contract at Millwall, keeping the former Blues assistant-boss at the Den until the summer of 2009.

GOOD to know that the man who should be joining up with the England squad this week, is not sitting about moping.

Instead David Beckham went back to school to launch his own drive to improve pupils' health, fitness and achievements.

The former England captain has launched a 'School Zone' website at www.thedavidbeckhamacademy.

co.uk to provide a free online coaching guide for teachers and pupils.

The launch of the website is an extension of Beckham's football academy which has so far hosted free educational days for more than 12,000 children in the UK.

IT was meant to be a tribute to Saints legend Ted Bates but instead the statue outside St Mary's has been likened to Jimmy Krankie and even ET.

Commissioned by the Saints Trust the bronze figure costing around £120,000 has been panned by Southampton supporters who are not happy that the out of proportion hero has been so badly reproduced.

THERE may just be pride to play for in the remaining seven games of the season for Ipswich but they will not want to set any unwelcome records about where they finish and will want to go above Norwich City.

So their next game at home against Plymouth Argyle will provide plenty of interest and the Chatter has a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader who can answer this question and be first one picked out.

Who is the Plymouth manager?

Send your answer to Championship Chatter, Sports Desk, EADT. 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich. IP4 1AN or e-mail derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

Competition closes 5pm Wednesday, March 28.

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