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Technology is a step too far for FIFA

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On a weekend where another goal was controversially written off, in the case of Liam Ridgewell’s headed goal against Portsmouth, the announcement was made that for the time being, technology and football will not mix.

The use of modern television cameras means that mistakes are constantly replayed across sports networks, and this has lead to calls from many to introduce a goal line technology to avoid further mistakes. High profile examples of these include Thierry Henry’s goal which went in off his hand, when France faced the Republic of Ireland.

Although the the English and Scottish FA voted in favour in pursuing goal line technology, the Irish and Welsh FA’s sided with FIFA, and the case, for the time being at least, is now closed.

I don’t like doing it, but I feel like I’m on the fence over the whole issue.

It is highly frustrating as a fan when goals which are clearly legitimate, do not stand due to human error. It’s not something that happens every match, but its still something which happens fairly frequently. In an age where all football matches are filmed in some capacity, football fans are becoming tired of seeing the same sorts of missed goals every week, from goals that have just crept over the line, to obvious goals which send fans screaming at the television.

On the other hand, aren’t major incidents something that make football interesting? Yes, if your team is struggling at the bottom of the league and they are cheated out of the goal, then its an injustice. It does however, inspire some really great debate, both in the media, and just the guy you sit with down the pub.

I don’t think its the end of the debate, its far from it. With other sports adapting technology seemingly seamlessly into their own game, then there seems to be no reason why football can’t eventually determine some sort of system to help the referees make the right decisions. Until then, we’ll just have to moan about the results in the pub.


Written by Nicole Carroll

March 8, 2010 at 9:30 am

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  1. So what? 10, 15, 20 years down the line, football is gonna be exactly the same as it is now? Now i didnt like the idea of Goal-line tech because it would slow down the game, which most people dont want to happen, but if it was a major decicion, such as a dissallowed goal, or a dodgy pen then yes, ref blows his whistle, points to the screen 10 secs later we know if its the right call or not. No matter how long they put it back eventually there gonna have to bring it in, its the way forward.
    By the way Nicole ur gonna get smashed when the mighty everton meet u guys nxt week =P oh and u should do a piece on Mikel Arteta getting an England call up =D

    Will Fazack

    March 9, 2010 at 1:55 am

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