What now for VAR?
Things had been going so well during the Euros, the VAR use was being held up as a shining example of how Premier League officials should use it.
And then came Danny Makkelie , or to be more precise then came his mate in the VAR booth.
Dutch Danny gave a penalty for what he saw as a foul on Raheem Sterling and on first glance that decision was a tight call but understandable given the referees on field position.
There are two things that are not understandable, how VAR could agree with the call when video evidence was clear and conclusive that no foul happened, and how in TV interviews afterwards Sterling could keep a straight face when he claimed he didn’t dive.
Now the argument presumably will be that the ref didn’t make a clear and obvious error, which is true but he did make an error that should have been clear and obvious after one look on the VAR’s bank of TV screens.
Nelson cannot fathom either how Sterling hoped to get away with saying he didn’t dive, surely the most brain dead of players is now aware that there are cameras everywhere and every little incident is picked up.
Here’s a little tip Raheem watch the replays before you answer questions on what happened.
There’s no blame attached to Sterling though, players will always operate with the same train of thought as a driver doing 200km on the M1 who believe it is only a crime if you are caught, the blame lies squarely with the VAR man.
Perhaps he had nipped out for a toilet break or to make a cuppa but wherever he was he should have told his mate in the middle to go and have a look at the incident again and if he had then the smart money is the decision would have been reversed.
The smarter money is on Sterling having to be seriously assaulted at the very least if he is to earn a Premier League penalty next season.
And the other big thing to emerge from Wednesday at Wembley?
If Carlsberg did goalkeepers they’d do Kasper Schmeichel.
Jim Bolger has been in the news lately for making allegations about doping in Irish racing.
Surely this is no surprise to anyone with even the slightest knowledge of the racing industry here.
For as long as Nelson, a long time frequenter of betting shops can remember there has been a number of dopes in Irish racing.
The dopes placing bets on it!
Sunday week says a Meath side that ran rampant against Longford face a Dublin team that seemed to struggle slightly against Wexford.
Now as any long term Meath fan, or indeed supporters of any team, wil tell you it’s the hope that kills you.
Last season the train of thought was that Meath, while unlikely to beat the Dubs,w ould get closer to them than in previous years, and well we all know what happened next.
The thing is though Dublin are a team in transition and they don’t have the greatest goalkeeper that ever existed, (according to the experts), who in Nelson’s opinion did not reinvent the art of goalkeeping but mastered the art of restarts, and a few other former regulars.
That leaves it reasonable to assume it is the right time for them to be toppled, but can Andy McEntee’s men be the topplers.
For sure the pressure will be on Evan Comerford in goal for Dublin, that is of course unless Cluxton dramatically returns, as he experiences his first ever Meath v Dublin clash, and Meath do have goals in them.
There are grounds for optimism and equally there are causes for concern the primary one being how Meath will be sent out.
Andy McEntee’s track record suggests he is a good manager but a cautious coach.
Dare Nelson suggest that Andy brings out his inner Nobber man and reacts like the big brother and indeed Andy himself played the game, and not give a f***k about who the opposition are and tear into them from the very start.
Rattle them, keep them rattled, and say a few novenas at the same time and you never know what might happen.