Date:Wednesday March 21 2007
Once again Blackburn Rovers, who are by no means the only side who suffer this, were on the wrong end of a controversial goal line decision at the weekend. It HAS to be time for technological help surely?
A recent Vital Blackburn poll asked your opinion, most felt (71% in fact!) it was time the referee's and their assistants had some technological help, and in the day and age we live in surely this is right? You can weigh up all the arguments for and against but the argument for far outweigh those against.
Technology is quick and easy, they use it in Rugby and Cricket as we all know, I believe to a degree also in Tennis now, or at least were thinking about it? So it's time in some instances it came into football. These replays would cause no less of a disruption than the arguments that break out when such things occur anyway would it! People push and shove, remonstrate with the referee and linesman so by the time that's sorted a good minute or two, usually longer passes. You'd be long underway again with the aid of technology.
You have the argument that if you introduce technology into one area others soon follow, this doesn't need to be the case. In Cricket they only get help with tight run out call and occasional catches, not LBW calls so why can't we just have it for tight goal line calls and maybe nothing else?
Help in other areas would be useful, for debatable penalties etc. but maybe you lose something from the game if you have replays for this? I know it may seem a little contradictory by saying "dodgy penalties" should stand, but "dodgy goals" shouldn't but at least with a penalty you still have a 50:50 chance of the goal not being scored, debatable goals are 100% for or 100% against (depending which side you are on) with no reprieve. Goals WIN and LOSE matches, goal line technology will insure the right calls are made and will only take seconds to check.
Football is more than just a sport, it is a business like it or not. The calls that are wrong can cost teams millions, may cost us just that and a place in Europe as a result, which could in turn lead to players possibly leaving? These calls could easily be corrected but aren't but could so easily be stamped out; it's time to act. I've said it before but will say it again, wait until a World Cup, European Championship, Champions League or FA Cup is decided in such a controversial manor, we'll all be using this technology in a flash but we shouldn't have to wait for this for action to be takenů
The argument of funds for this comes up but with the amount of money in the game now UEFA, FIFA, the FA, whomever should be able to budget such technology across ALL levels of professional football.
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Date:Wednesday March 21 2007
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