Goal-line technology: yea or nay?

2010-06-29 15:39

“Sepp Blatter apologised? Don’t want apologies, just want a)

goal-line technology and video playback and b) his resignation.”

This is one of the many comments published on social networking

sites today after Sepp Blatter, Fifa president, announced in a press conference

that world soccer’s governing body would consider the introduction of goal-line

technology at a meeting next month.

Many have called for the introduction of technology in soccer

following a series of refereeing errors in World Cup matches – notably in the

England-Germany game on Sunday.

Even Wimbledon star Roger Federer supports

goal-line technology in soccer, though he does not approve of the use of

technology in tennis. Federer told Sports News: “So many goals are disallowed

that are goals and others are not counted that would be goals. It’s frustrating

as a fan.”

Sias du Plessis, 5FM sports commentator, has a different view: “I

think that the ‘human error’ factor is a part of football and that it works both

ways – it does not favour anyone all the time, so leave sport alone and allow

referees to make up their own minds.

“It (goal-line technology) slows the game down and takes away the

human element; I mean if everything was clear cut, what would be left to talk

about? Technology works for some sports, like rugby, but it has robbed cricket

of the human aspect. It has made certain sport very dull and too clear


More comments

» Blatter saying there’s no need for goal-line

technology is like your grandpa saying the internet’s pointless.

» Fifa, forget an expensive

goal-line technology rollout, simply have linesmen use their eyes.


Just bring two more referees to the back of the nets! Or use the replay video to

determine a goal. The screen is in every stadium. What is the floating and

flying camera in the stadium for?

» I am a

staunch supporter of hawkeye-like technology for goals. The technology is

available and it wouldn’t interrupt the game at all – it will simply buzz the

official when the ball crosses the line. For offsides, I am undecided. Generally speaking, I’m opposed. You

cannot review every offsides decision. However, whether or not one should go

back to determine if there was an offsides when a goal was scored is a unique

situation. Unfortunately, I think doing that would cause linemen to let the

closer decisions run their course, because they know the goal will be overturned

if the player was really offside. For everything else, I am opposed. However, I

am a staunch support of using video replay to punish diving post-match.


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