Slovakia join push for technology

2010-06-28 17:58

Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss has joined the chorus of those

calling for the introduction of modern technology to assist with questionable

refereeing decisions in soccer.

At a press briefing following Slovakia’s 2010 Fifa World Cup defeat

this afternoon Weiss started by congratulating the Netherlands on their victory

but soon tore into Spanish referee Alberto Undianos.

“We lost to a good team but I think the referee had a hand in our

loss,” he said.

“I think technology must now be brought in as it will bring a big

change just as it has happened in hockey. The fourth official is not too helpful

and modern technology must be brought in to assist referees.”

He praised his players, saying that they had played as well as they

had when they eliminated World champions Italy.

However, he was disappointed at the three clear chances that his

players had missed.

“The penalty at the end of the game made it better though and will

make the flight back home so much easier,” he said.

Meanwhile Arsenal star Robin van Persie might find himself in hot

water following his outburst when he was replaced with 10 minutes of the match

remaining.

Van Persie threw a tantrum and was seen gesticulating as he walked

to the Dutch bench.

When asked about the event at the post-match press conference coach

Bert van Marwijk said: “I did not hear what he said while still on the field.

But when I shook his hand, he told me that he was not happy with being replaced

and wanted to play the entire match.”

Van Persie was not present at the conference and could not be

reached at the mixed zone either to question him about the incident.

Man of the match, Arjen Robben, had been replaced 10 minutes

earlier and had no qualms.

“I am pleased that Arjen is fit again but he is still not the same

man he was before the injury,” said Van Marwijk. “The mere fact that he played

for 70 minutes means he has passed that threshold.”

Robben said being in the starting line-up meant a great deal to him

after his long lay-off.

“I am pleased with my performance much as we did not play our best

football. Sometimes all that is important is the result and I am glad that we

won and are now through to the quarter-finals,” he said.

Robben and Van Marwijk refused to comment about the possibility of

meeting Brazil in the quarter-finals.

They insisted that Brazil still had to overcome Chile and they had

great respect for both countries.

Asked if the crop of players in the team had the ability to break

the tag of underperformers that has followed his country for many years, Marwijk

said: “When you go to the World Cup, you only have one goal and that is to win

the trophy.

“Yes, I think this team is capable of doing that much as there are

a number of good countries at this tournament.”

 

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