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Goal line technology…when will they see sense?

The great goal line technology debate has again reared its head. Michelle Platini has made his feelings known on the subject again. His comments reinforce the thoughts of those that run the game globally. For such a great player I am amazed that he is talking such dross. The majority of football followers throughout the world may think that the game is run by people who have never played the game before. I am talking about Sepp Blatter of course. But this outburst from one of the greatest players the game has ever seen really does surprise me.

Sepp Blatter has correctly been at the centre of much criticism regarding technology and his stubbornness to not address the situation. Now for me, I would have to put Platini in the same boat and say that these people are stopping the game progressing and evolving.

FIFA have my admiration for doing much good for the game. Some rule changes have been good for the game. The back pass rule, for one, has made the game a better spectacle. The Fair Play initiatives has also been a positive step. This is all being negated though with this lack of intelligence to make our game fairer.

Platini says that by introducing additional officials behind the goal will allow the difficult decisions to be made correctly. This may be true for certain incidents which are clear-cut. I refer to the Frank Lampard ‘goal’ against Germany in the World Cup. I believe that an official on the line will make the correct call there. But there have been many other incidents where a thousand officials would not be able to call it 100% correctly as the speed of the ball is too quick or it is a matter of inches whether the ball has crossed the line or not. The human eye just cannot make these calls, and it is for these reasons why we must introduce some kind of technology into our game.

Blatter has recently suggested that, if technology were introduced, that the decision would need to be made instantly.

Why? Yes, we would like a swift outcome for any decision. But what is more important: A quick resumption to play or the correct decision. We see referees consult their assistants for many less important decisions than if a ball has crossed the line. We are not concerned if the game is slowed down for a reason such as this. The pace of the game is not an issue. It is slowed down by injuries, substitutions as well as the ball going out of play. This is not an issue here.

Considering how technology has evolved, how other sports have evolved with technology and improved because of this then we really must question if those in power are the right people for football. Following on from the World Cup I am amazed how Blatter has remained in charge. To introduce technology following the World Cup would have been a backtrack but would have at least given him back some respect. It seems like he has made his decision and will stick to it. He is a dinosaur living in the dark ages. You would have thought that there would have been some kind of ‘coup’ to remove him from power. I’m sure that many would have backed this idea. Surely there are people within the corridors of power that can oust him from his chair.

But there will be another case of this sometime soon in an important match. What will it take for things to change?

  1. October 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Problem is they come out with the same drivel over and over again. “It can’t be done at all levels of the game” – neither can bloody linesmen!! How many Sunday League games do you see with 2 “official” linesmen? I’m not talking about the local man and his dog that have just popped along to watch, but someone in full strip and flag. As for slowing the game down – just let the game continue – if the evidence is reviewed and it should have been a goal – then everything between the ball crossing the line and the goal being given is then “void”. Really isn’t difficult is it??

    • October 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      There really does need to be some kind of backlash for Blatter for this. It is too important.

  2. October 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Much of what you say, I couldn’t agree with more. Look how cricket, tennis and rugby have embraced technology and with it, in my mind at least, earned more respect. They appear progressive to the outside world, whereas football lags behind in this respect.

    • October 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks for your comments. We could get left well behind on this if they continue to bury their heads in the sand

  3. Charles Commins
    October 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I’ve become a bit of a Rugby League fan in the last 10 years and although it will never oust my number 1 sporting love, football, from the top spot it has many things to offer to a sport which is lagging behind in the 21st century.

    Rugby League is superb and the introduction of the video ref makes the game a better spectacle. In Super League, only the televised games come with the use of a video ref, all other games have 2 extra officials who work the dead ball line.

    For those who have ever been to a RL match will know that the televised games are always better, not because the match is obviously supposed to be a good one anyway, but the tension is better, the video ref decision increasing the joy of the game.

    Its my firm belief that this could happen in football quite easily and my suggestion would be to use extra officials for those games not shown live and a video referee for those that are televised.

    Job done

  4. October 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    If/when goal-line technology does darken footballs door all that will happen in those post match interviews is that the managers will replace “we need technology” with “well he was definitely offside, we have the technology for the goal-line so why not use if for offsides, its ludicrous?” and that is another reason why we should keep it out of the game.

    In Cricket and in Tennis we have seen the successful introduction of technology and yes it works fantastically well, but there is one massive difference between these sports and Football. In tennis you serve, the point is won and you stop. This is then repeated several times until the game is one, then every odd game you have a rest and so on. In Cricket the bowler does his bit, the batsman defends the shot or smashes it for 6 and then they stop for a around about a minute until the next ball. With football the game kicks off and is frantic for 45 minutes until half time and then obviously they do it again for the second half. That is what the game is about. By introducing technology the game will be slowed down, maybe not majorly initially but as the seasons go on more and more decisions will be challenged, the pressure for further technology will be increased and then before we know it our 90 minute game will become 130 minutes.

  5. October 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    IThe old farts that used to run Rugby Union have all migrated to Football. It is ridiculous that in the case of Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal, millions of people knew it was in but the officials missed it.

  6. October 26, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    brilliant article. i have an article expressing my views on the subject on my blog if you would like to read it. it was written a while ago, but if you search for “video technology” it will come up.

  7. October 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Football won’t be slowed down, these decisions don’t even happen in every game. The biggest obstacle will be the implementation cost. I hypothesise that refs, managers and players alike are largely in favour of goal line technology.

    • October 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm

      once you allow technology in for one decision, in this case goal line, you open the floodgates and the game we love is changed completely.

      The players may want it, but then it’s their jobs and careers. The same players that will leave the club you love for a quick buck somewhere else.

      As you mention Fletch these decisions don’t happen a lot so why bother at all?

      It’s the fans game, it’s fun to watch and to talk about and it needs to stay that way.

      As Platini, if i want perfect football I’ll put my playstation on.

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