Early Doors

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Happy now?

When officials wrongly chalked off Victor Anichebe's goal for Everton against Newcastle, last night, Early Doors reacted with pure despair.

Not because it wanted Everton to win, nor even out of a desire to see justice done.

No. ED merely braced itself for another day of interminable chuntering about goal-line technology.

It is always called 'a debate', but in truth you'll struggle to find anyone outside UEFA's Lake Geneva compound who seriously objects to the idea of referees getting more important decisions right.

So the whole just thing just becomes an exercise in talking heads sighing their disbelief at Michel Platini's refusal to embrace technology - usually followed by some irrelevant and ill-supported guff about how much he hates the English.

What's more, the goal line argument rarely takes in the more complex - though ultimately more complete - solution of a challenge system (like that used in the NFL) that would have allowed David Moyes to dispute Marouane Fellaini's disallowed 'offside' goal.

ED concedes it is merely adding to the pile of guff talked about technology today - but if there is one compelling reason to introduce it immediately, it is so we can all shut up.

And now, on to some really rather exciting football matches to be played tonight.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Roberto Mancini's little joke about 'sad' Cristiano Ronaldo: "If (Mourinho) wants to win La Liga again I think he should send Cristiano for six months in Portugal, and after when he comes back, they can win the Liga for a second time. I don't know, I think that would be a different situation. But for us, last year it was - I don't joke - it was good because after that moment when Carlos came back in January, he did very well."

Yeah, that's right, Roberto. That whole Tevez golf trip played out exactly as intended...

QUOTE OF THE DAY 2: Is this an insult from Jose Mourinho? ED isn't sure: "To play against City motivates me as much as playing against Getafe."

OVER-EGGED PRESS RELEASE OF THE DAY

The report on Manchester City's website about David Silva's new contract.

"I'm delighted to be extending my contract and being here really does feel just like home for me," he beamed.

Just to confirm - here's a picture of Silva beaming from City's YouTube video of the signing.

(In fairness, he did look relatively happy, but he certainly didn't beam words.)

FOREIGN VIEW: Bayern Munich's record signing Javi Martinez loves Lederhosen - fact.

On his first foray into Bavarian leather pants, he said: "Very good, I have to say. Obviously it was all new to me, I've never worn anything like it before. But it's very comfortable indeed."

COMING UP

This section must be read while listening to this.

The Champions League is back, and ED is giddy as an aerosol-sniffing delinquent! We've got live text commentary on all eight games, including Manchester City's trip to Real Madrid.

Follow the whole shebang from 19:45 UK time.

ALSO WORTH READING

In his exclusive blog, Arsene Wenger finds himself at a loss to explain Robin van Persie's departure from Arsenal.

And in another exclusive, Patrick Vieira bigs up Carlos Tevez ahead of Manchester City's game at Real Madrid.