Goal-line technology: yea or nay?

2010-06-29 17:51
Tammy Sutherns
“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 cut.”

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.