FIFA are still dithering over the calls for goal-line technology. Had the technology been used at the England v Germany match in Bloemfontein, Frank Lampard’s first-half goal could have changed the outcome of the World Cup.
Like many England fans after the game, I was in favour of the use of goal line technology to resolve goal line disputes. I even believed …. for a while that the England v Germany outcome could have been different, if the goal was allowed.
Now that the dust has settled, I’m looking forward to the next World Cup but as an opponent of Goal Line Technology.
Sepp Blatter’s logic for holding back the tide of the millions in favour of Goal line technology is that it would remove the human element from the game. I think other factors override the human interaction and participation contributed by the 1st official.
If Goal line technology was introduced it would be a game changer, overnight. Inevitably, it would settle a few disputes in the big leagues – but many football clubs around the world would immediately become second class. School matches and Sunday league games and all non-professional football matches would all have to manage without the digital official – and would therefore be playing by different rules.
So what, I hear you say! Referee errors can affect the outcome of a match and indeed determine whether a team gets relegated or promoted.
It is imperative that Premership matches be refereed in such a way that human errors are minimised but zero tolerance of errors is unrealistic.
Is it fair that the Premiership or Bundesliga, Spanish Liga , Italy Serie A , French Ligue, get preferential treatment?
If the genie is let out of the bottle then the ramifications are huge. Where will it end?
Players, pundits, managers and fans will demand greater use of the technology to rule on all types of fouls and infringements;
Pulling, tugging, climbing, tripping, elbowing, slapping
Penalties – did the goalkeeper move to soon
Off the ball incidents
If strategically deployed the technology can make more accurate calls than any referee.
This is a bad omen for managers as well. Usually they can blame the referee for their team’s poor performance. Goal line technology will be the downfall of managers who are not creative enough to provide plausible excuses after each defeat.
Other elements of the game are move frustrating, unfair and costly. Referees should be trained to a higher standard and be courageous in dealing with – cheating, dissent, shirt pulling, martial arts, elbowing and leg breaking tackles.
Let’s not forget that a referee is only HUMAN! He is in the spotlight for 95 minutes under the scrutiny of thousands of fans in the ground and millions watching on TV.
The referee has to make millisecond decisions. Some of which are obviously wrong. Referees are too often worried about sending players off and incurring the furore of players, fans and managers.
The perfect referee should not;
know any of the players
know any of the managers or coaches
have a favourite team
have been to that ground before
have any regional prejudices
be aware of the teams form or status
be intimidated by the players, fans or managers
Only then could a referee be truly Impartial!
Just say no to goal line technology!