FIFA and goal line technology





Following
an obvious (to all but the referee and line judges) but disallowed goal
by Frank Lampard in England's 4-1 loss to Germany in the Football World Cup, FIFA's president Sepp Blatter has now accepted that there may be a place for goal line technology. The argument given by FIFA
in the past is that such technology would unduly disrupt the flow of
game and possibly prevent the opposition scoring from a counter-attack.
However, as was often seen in other sports that are now using technology
to determine outcomes, when replays of events show within seconds
whether the officials have made the correct decision, it is the refusal
of governing bodies to embrace its use that undermine the authority of
officials and not the other way around. However, whether FIFA are
serious about reconsidering their position that they so definitively
took in March, or whether they are merely trying to sooth the sore
feelings of those on the receiving end of an incorrect decision is up
for question, as they have also said that instant replays of
controversial events should not be shown on the big screen. It follows a
goal by Tevez for Argentina against Mexico which stood despite Tevez
being considerably off-side before he played the ball. It led to
confrontations between opposing players after it was immediately shown
on the big screen in the stadium. If technology was used to assist the
making of decisions then this ruling would not be necessary.

Interestingly
enough, I am always surprised by the way in which my students tend to
side with FIFA's position on this. The reason they give for not
implementing goal-line technology? That controversial goals and
decisions provide something for them to argue about in the pub after a
game. If they really want subject to argue about, then I can think of
much better ones...
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