The demand for the use of television evidence continues, at the moment concentrated on goal line incidents but there is also a push that television evidence should be used in other match incidents.

Television evidence is used by a number of associations, however, to deal with cases which are not seen by the referee during the match.

In the recent match between Manchester city and Tottenham Hotspur, Italian Mario Balotelli, appeared to stamp on the head of Spurs’ midfielder Scott Parker.

The incident was replayed over and over again by Sky TV and the studio pundits and the Spurs’manager, Harry Redknapp had divided opinions.

The Football Association has now decided the player has a case to answer and has banned him for four matches.

In the Scottish Premier League match between Dundee United and Motherwell, Michael Higdon, the Motherwell striker scored the equalising goal and reacted to the jeers he had received from his own supporters by making a gesture towards them.

The match was not televised live, but the BBC producer decided to replay the end of match incident and so generated a post match discussion on whether he should receive retrospective punishment from the Scottish FA.

There is always a case to use television evidence deal with serious incidents which are not seen by the match officials but Motherwell manager, Stuart McCall, has rightly raised the question of whether the television producers are now setting the agenda on disciplinary matters.

If television producers are now spending their time trawling through the match footages to look for controversy we are moving along a dangerous road.

Might these same producers have the same power if television replays are allowed during a match?

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