John From London Town wrote:@Paddy. Hi. There was a mistake made. The mistake was not having the facilities in place in the first place to be able to make a correct decision rather than 'assume'. & we all know what assume does don't we.
WSA need to concentrate on ensuring players & more importantly the ref, do not end up being in this position ever again.
Hi John, hope you're well.
Couldn't agree more on that premise in it being available to satisfy a referee's doubt. So long as it does not become a 'concurrence' in a match. I know in matches I've refereed I've given the striker the benefit of the doubt because I think it would be completely wrong to penalise somebody of whom I cannot be certain played a foul stroke. However with any technology a pandoras box comes with in. At the moment Use in the miss rule is important in the replacing of the balls and I think it is a necessity, but it shouldnt be that a referee can refer to the technology mid break, time and time again in a frame. It would could lead to a stage where the referee becomes no longer arbiter of the match.
I remain totally opposed to any form of DRS in Snooker.
The issue I have with the inquiry as I've said involving the three involved on Sunday is dangerous if such an inquiry concluded that the decision made on Sunday should have ruled with Williams, then it will place him in a position of having a genuine complaint, as from where the balls came to rest, along with having a 49 point lead (on the basis of the six being awarded for the foul) Mark Williams had a relatively simple run to the winning line. And with Jason Ferguson confirming that any inquiry would have no bearing on the result then I dont think that the three involved on Sunday can be of any aid, unless it came with the agreement on the decision that Eirian made on Sunday.
Th panel with the inquiry I believe covers the roles which need to be reviewed, it also includes a very experienced referee all of whom will be able to judge the incident from a neutral perspective, which in inquiries such as these is so important.