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Azarov sees ball cross line

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June 20, 2012, 6:09 p.m. | Ukraine — by Associated Press

Ukraine's Marko Devic calls for referee's attention after firing a shot on goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group D match between England and Ukraine in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Ukraine's prime minister says even he saw the ball cross the line.

Mykola Azarov attended the European Championship match between his country and England on Tuesday night, when Ukraine striker Marko Devic's shot appeared to cross the goal line before being cleared away by defender John Terry.

Azarov told The Associated Press on Wednesday that "if I saw from the stands that the ball had crossed the goal line, the referee was bound to see that."

He called on UEFA to "draw conclusions about this refereeing ... so that such incidents don't take place in the future."

If the goal had been awarded, Ukraine would have pulled even at 1-1. But the co-hosts instead lost 1-0, a result that eliminated the team from the tournament.

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freedom..... June 20, 2012, 6:48 p.m.    

Hmmmmmmm , you saw this,,,,,eh!
Did you read Article 84,,,,,no illegal piano voting?
This is in black and white, sworn by your thug leader to uphold,,,,and still you ignore Art. 84.

Hurts,,,,doesn't it?

Now can you understand how every citizen feels , when they see a handful of Por idiots 'passing' laws by 'illegal piano voting'.

You hypocritical useless piece of skin. You are a disgrace, and a traitor.
Go back to 'your homeland, rooosya.

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cedrik June 20, 2012, 7:57 p.m.    

We saw it too, live and in colour. As for your comments, please take them elsewhere if you can't stick to the article. Nobody cares about what you think.

As for the 'illegal piano voting', perhaps if you could watch live the Rada channel, which you can't, you would see your cherished 'opposition' doing the same thing with every vote there is. They would ALL make Sachmo proud.

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cedrik June 20, 2012, 8:47 p.m.    

We saw it too, live and in colour. As for your comments, please take them elsewhere if you can't stick to the article. Nobody cares about what you think.

As for the 'illegal piano voting', perhaps if you could watch live the Rada channel, which you can't, you would see your cherished 'opposition' doing the same thing with every vote there is. They would ALL make Sachmo proud.

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cedrik June 20, 2012, 9:46 p.m.    

We saw it too, live and in colour. As for your comments, please take them elsewhere if you can't stick to the article. Nobody cares about what you think.

As for the 'illegal piano voting', perhaps if you could watch live the Rada channel, which you can't, you would see your cherished 'opposition' doing the same thing with every vote there is. They would ALL make Sachmo proud.

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freedom..... June 21, 2012, 6:41 p.m.    

I have stated many times........ALL PIANO VOTERS,,,should be arrested,,,,no matter what party they belong to.

Your implication is ; if the opposition does it,,,,,it is ok.
I am saying ALL PIANO voting should be stopped.....
I also have said , over and over.....the charged and imprisoned opposition are no angels,,,,,,but they deserve rule of law and fair trial (not 1961 soviet laws, and a troika of yanu, pshonka, judge)
Your support of her guilt,,,,,only shows your support of yanuk and his system of law/govt.

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Guy De Smet June 20, 2012, 8:24 p.m.    

Mister Azarov, maybe you can jail the referee who didn't see the ball over the base-line ?
What about 7 years ?
Oops, he is not ukrainian ?
Ok, have a procecutor accuse him from spying !
hmmm spying for...hmmm...donno really but ok, you will find something right ?

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Phill M June 21, 2012, 2:28 a.m.    

Yea, that was disappointing. It may have been a very different game had that goal been awarded to Ukraine. It may have been the moral boost Ukraine needed to push the game forward, and sore a go-ahead goal.

Sadly, football is rift with such game problems. FIFA 2010 in South Africa saw Ghana miss out on a goal blocked by the hand of Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, among other issues (this one stands out for me, because I was cheering for Ghana). There are also the so-called 'Hand of God' goals that are very common, and seem to be rarely called.

It is here officials in higher places than the refs on the field, with the advantage of instant reply, should be stepping in to make a call. When a major infraction or event (hand balls that result in goals, or result in a turn-over of play or a goal that is not called because the ref was not at the right angle to see it) that is obviously missed by the refs on the field occurs, those higher up, with the video view, should make a call. Yes, it will slow the game down a bit more (but not every minor infraction will be called, and eventually, you will see a reduction is major events because players will know they can no longer get away with it), but it will help reduce the controversy, and maybe reduce the amount of fan disillusion (and destruction) that occurs after a game in which one team won unfairly.

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