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"Because technology scares me..."

by ZQLE170 (U14366107) 06 March 2010
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How are the organisers of football so backward? Apparently today the international football association board have decided that goal-line technology will not be investigated.

I think the two main reasons against technology in general are as follows:
1) it slows the game down
2) controversy is part of the beauty of the game

Point number 1 is clearly not a valid argument in this case, as the technology could be developed to give instantaneous proof of the ball crossing the line (say something simple as the ball crossing the line containing a microchip that uses radio waves to light up an LED in the officials' watch). In fact, even if such technology does take time to use, it is usually matched by the amount of time players take protesting the decision.

Point number 2 simply makes me angry. When goals can be really important in determining the outcome of a match or even a season there is a great sense of injustice concerning a wrong decision and this nullifies the glory of winning and increases anger with regards to losing. There was similar arguments going on when Hawkeye was first being trialled in tennis, but no one misses the pre-hawkeye days, with even a terrible decision being made becoming the fault of the player.

Technology would restore respect to referees and increase the enjoyment of the sport we love. At the moment, sometimes I have fits of wanting to give up following it for the injustice of it all.

I'd personally even advocate television replays being utilised by referees whenever there is a sending-off or penalty decision, as these are two needlessly controversial facets of the game that could so easily be straightened out and give referees the confidence to apply the laws of the game properly with absolute conviction in their decisions.

Fifa and the rest of the football organisations need to wake up and see that something needs to be done, they can't keep denying that much controversy exists within the current system (Fifa to this day have never mentioned the word handball when describing the France goal against Ireland).

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comment by colmkav (U8715425)

posted Mar 8, 2010

Really annoys me listening to the arguments they come up with for not bringing in video technology. "lets keep football the way it is". What sort of argument is that? If we took that attitude to life in general we would never have planes, cars, PCs, i-phones etc. and would be living in the stone age.

And can they be serious when they say they "appreciate" the "controversy". So its good to have referees and linesman at risk of getting pelted with coins etc every time they mess up a decision.

I dont understand why all the Spansh, Italians, Brazilain and Germans etc arent up in arms by now and demanding a restructuring of the IFAB. Can they really think its some how fair that two particularly small countries (not even independent ones) that rarely qualify for anything have so much power in how football is run? Its ridiculous. May as well let Cyprus and the Faroe Islands make all the decisions.

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comment by colmkav (U8715425)

posted Mar 8, 2010

comment by goonergetit (U9484542)
posted 12 Hours Ago

Raymond Kennedy states that there are not enough controversial goals to warrant technology.
particularly amusing given that within less than an hour of this ruling a goal is in fact scored that crossed the line but not awarded.

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comment by db (U2503720)

posted Mar 8, 2010

I dont understand why all the Spansh, Italians, Brazilain and Germans etc arent up in arms by now and demanding a restructuring of the IFAB.

I think you'll find many hate it and would love to merge the four home nations into a UK team.

I'm guessing the reason it is the way it is, is that these 4 nations were the first to play the game at any level and formed IFAB.

As a Scot I can understand why they'd be annoyed but at the same time IFAB and all home nations being represented goes a long way to guaranteeing we stay autonomous and so for purely selfish reasons I hope it stays the way it is.

Although I would add Scotland has been a major voice in favour of using technology only to be slapped down many times by FIFA.

The whole game stinks of corruption from top to bottom though and this only enforces the conspiracies that FIFA like to control the outcome of games as much as they can. This is supported by the sudden change of rules in qualifiers where play-offs became seeded mid-competition when it looked like the likes of France may struggle to qualify. Face it all the fat cats care about is their fat wallets and they'll do absolutely anything to keep them getting fatter.

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posted Mar 8, 2010

Why does the Irish and Welsh get a vote? It's like having Andorra and Belize as permanent members on the UN Security Council.

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posted Mar 8, 2010

Their opposition to goal-line technology is first of all because they fear the precedent, as they said: "If we start with goal-line technology then any part of the game and pitch will be a potential space where you could put in place technology to see if the ball was in or out, whether it was a penalty and then you end up with video replays,"
Now, IMHO if that was the only reason, they could very well adopt goal-line tech but reject anything beyond that. Of course that would be stupid, of course everybody would be angry, but no more than today, and no more stupid than rejecting everything out of hand.

Using video replays isn't as simple as most people imagine it, but IMHO it's doable. I'm not going to enter into detail here, I have a site about it, just google FairFootball if you're interested.

One other point is that video replays would likely be pretty expensive, so for the begin at least it should be limited to critical decisions such as penalties and those pertaining to goal scoring. Also it would have to be limited to top tournaments. It's hard to see lower leagues or even poorer countries be able to implement it. Which again is one of their stated reasons, they want to preserve the unity of football. So it boils down to this: do we want to see gross errors in the World Cup and UCL just because some country like Greenland or Namibia cannot afford technology, or because we cannot (yet) have it in the 4th division ? I'm totally against this idea, they should use vide replays at least in the KO rounds of these 2 main tournaments.
Also, it would be more important to have it in KO games, where ref mistakes are far more damaging. That's not to say that if the english FA feels they would like it in the EPL, they shouldn't do it, of course they should. But it is much more badly needed in the KO rounds of the UCL and WCup.

Anyway, hats off to the english and scottish federations. Looks like they're the most reasonable and progressive in the world.

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posted Mar 8, 2010

22.55 so only have a few minutes to comment. Ridiculous decision. The sport of football needs correct decisions being made, and there are plenty of incidences where they are not.

Think again FIFA.

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posted Mar 27, 2010

So James from Uxbridge has never heard of modesty, that's fine. Torres isn't the type to say 'we need four players almost as good as me', and more respect to him for it.

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posted Jun 27, 2010

Bet they wished it was introduced now winkeye

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posted Jul 1, 2010

Actually probably not - as things are now there's no check on referees, so they're happy, and FIFA (specifically Sepp Blatter) can say "nothing to do with me, mate,it's the referee and it's a beautiful game".

Meanwhile everyone apart from the referee and Sepp Blatter gets robbed blind.

And, by the way, as sure as the sun rises in the morning there's no way on earth that the England 2010 World Cup team could ever, ever have beaten Germany even if they'd been given the goal that they so obviously scored.
And as an Englishman it hurts, but it's so obviously true.

It's time for both goal-line technology, and a brand new England team.

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