Everton manager David Moyes has questioned the effectiveness of the two new goalline officials being trialled in this season’s Europa League.
Moyes was unhappy that Louis Saha was sent off for raising his hands to an AEK Athens player during his side’s 4-0 win and claims Saha was fouled first.
“It was a ridiculous kick – the boy [Juanfran] has on Louis,” said Moyes.
“It is amazing they [the officials] see the small arm but don’t see the big kick – even with the extra officials.”
The experiement involves an extra official standing behind each of the goallines on the other side from the assistant referees running the touchlines.
They have been introduced in an attempt to improve officiating in and around the penalty area, but Moyes was disappointed that they failed to see what he thought was a blatant kick on Saha.
“We hope they get more decisions right than wrong and I didn’t think the referee had an awful lot of big decisions to make tonight, but I think one of those he missed was the initial incident,” added Moyes.
“We need to do everything we can to help the referees but if he was helped in the Louis Saha case then I think he was wrong.”