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).