Today, in games multiple worlds apart in footballing terms, showed how penalties can turn games.
At Old Trafford, Man Utd are two goals down and looking to have thrown the title race wide open again. They win a penalty that was so clearly not that it was a joke. They score. The tide turns. They win 5-2 and can almost smell the Premiership crown.
At Ayr. Bobby Linn of East Fife goes down in what most fans in the ground, from both sides, agree was a stone wall penalty. The referee doesn't give it and books Linn. Bobby then gets a second booking in the second half and gets sent off.
Two referees. Two split second decisions. Two mistakes. Two game turning outcomes.
Who says we don't need instant replays in football?