A second-half strike from Juan Mata was awarded as a goal by referee Martin Atkinson, despite replays showing the Benoit Assou-Ekotto had prevented the ball from crossing the line
Following Juan Mata’s ‘ghost goal’ for Chelsea against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, the debate as to whether goal-line technology should be introduced in top-flight football has been given new impetus.
A shot from the Spaniard was adjudged to have cross the line by referee Martin Atkinson but replays showed that a combination of Benoit Assou-Ekotto and John Terry prevented the ball from crossing the line.
The Blues have previously been the victim of a debatable goal-line decision themselves, when a Luis Garcia effort was given against them during a Champions League tie with Liverpool, despite replays proving inconclusive.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard also saw a goal not given whilst playing for England as his drive against Germany in the 2010 World Cup - which would have made the scoreline 2-2 - crossed the line after hitting the bar but was not spotted by the referee.
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