Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Time for FIFA to allow goal line technology

The Scootish commentator for CBC, Mike Collins, made a good point about bringing high-tech cameras into World Cup soccer goal decisions. The rationale he says, up to now, for not using cameras to determine iffy goals, was because that time to decide whether or not the ball fully went over the goal line, would interrupt the flow of the game. Collins argues that there is already an interruption to the flow of the game because each time there is or is not an iffy goal, time is spent by both teams debating with the refs anyway. In addition, teams get denied real goals, like England and Mexico in the last couple of days. So today FIFA's president Sepp Blatter said sorry to those countries, and finally, also said that it was nonsense not to consider goal line technology in the future. Hence, in July the debate will be re-opened by FIFA's board.

That's good, just that it was too bad that it was not permitted when sooky France qualified for the World Cup by beating Ireland with Henri's hand ball. For now, unfortunately, there is still the real possibility that some team could win or lose because the referee did not see a ball go over the goal line, or that someone was off-side. In any event, the competition is really getting interesting with the big guns Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Holland, and Spain in the field, plus Paraguay, Uruguay, and Africa's own Ghana. Argentina, Brazil and Germany look particularly strong. With so much skill, speed, youth, clinical precision, and drive, it's shaping up to be classic showdowns with the final eight.

5 comments:

ViewPoint2010 said...

The fact that most other major league sports use instant replay seems to have been lost on FIFA up to now. The linesmen and the refs maybe good, but the jumbotron is better - it shows what actually happened. 50 thousand people can't always be wrong. Good post.

Charlie said...

You got that right. By the way are you following the tournament? If so, who's your pick to win?

ViewPoint2010 said...

Errr, well up until about two or three hours ago, I was betting on the boys in the yellow jerseys, Brazil. But now, ummm, I just might wager some cash on the Dutch.

Charlie said...

Germany is looking very strong at this point too. Might come down to them and the Dutch.

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