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Hughes: It's Time For Technology

The debate on should we, or shouldn't we used technology to help officials has raged on for sometime now, but ONCE AGAIN Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has backed calls for this to be introduced.

With so much at stake these days, and there being a fine line between success and failure just one incorrect call can cost a club so much, or even a manager his job. Even on Sunday afternoon with the use of video technology a goal ruled out for Birmingham City in Rovers' 2-1 victory cost them at least a point (maybe more) but with technology it might not have been, so even though this would have been at Rovers' disadvantage Hughes has once again asked WHY we are not using the technology when so many other sports are, with him at a loss as to why FIFA are so reluctant to do so.

Hughes said: "I've said in the past that goal-line technology should have been brought in years ago.

"FIFA are the guardians of the game, and on the courses I've been on and conferences I've attended, they say that because it cannot be introduced at all levels, it's wrong to introduce it just in the top level.

"I think maybe that argument is wearing a bit thin now.

"If there's a natural break in play when a goal is scored, then maybe there is a case for rewinding and seeing if it is a valid goal.

"Maybe that's the case with offside, but then how far do you go back?

"You have to be careful when you start rewinding for things and there isn't a natural break in the game, because then it starts to fundamentally change the game
."

This is an argument that many are both for and against, just finding a fair and balanced line is what is needed, but whether on not this is possible to be fair to all levels of the game only time will tell.


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 8 2007

Time: 7:27PM

Your Comments

We were fortunate against Birmingham (as we were against Chelsea) and as said this IS a debate that has rumbled on for several years, and no doubt will continue to rumble on for several more!!!
Personally (as I have said before) I feel that until a major World Cup, European Championship or European Trophy is won by such controversial circumstances I'm not sure change will be made, see how quick it would be after that though!!!
Hughes Da Man
We were lucky with the decision but I must point out that we were the absolute best team out between the 2 sides!!! we earnt our luck.
MikeyGamst
Yeah I agree we were lucky. However, it annoyed me tother day when a friend said, 'you were lucky against Brum weren't you?' at which I exploded and said you have to be kidding...they were lucky it wasn't five or six. Still as for technology...keep it out the game. Controversy is just one of the ingredients that makes our sport the best in the world. We have already seen it tainted with these ballet laws, so no more meddling. Let's play football.
roversman
The HUGE amounts of money involved will inevitably eventually see something surely?!?!
Hughes Da Man
i reckon it should be introduced but have huge restrictions put on it none of this checkin for fouls on de halfway line lark just offside decisions or in the box action such as a handball!
durks de rover
i agree roversman,,, it could of been 4 or 5-1. You earn your luck sometimes and we have had some bad ones against us so I wont shed a tear.
MikeyGamst
 

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