Lampard Call Sparks Football Technology Debate
England’s exit from South Africa 2010 in such disappointing style has sparked a whole debate about the u se of video technology in football. It is not a new subject for discussion, as FIFA and Sepp Blatter have always played down the idea, citing cost and the inability to introduce it all levels of football across the world. The fury was sparked after England’s Frank Lampard saw a shot hit the cross bar and bounce clearly behind the line, in England’s last sixteen defeat to Germany at South Africa 2010. Had the goal have stood, it would have drawn England level at 2-2, but instead England were left chasing the game. The referee missed it and the linesman missed it, and had technology been in place, nothing would have been left in doubt. Lampard’s goal that never was, is just one of a few decisions that have been costly at the World Cup. America were deprived two good goals in their matches, and Mexico were furious after a lineman missed a clear offside decision. The debate will rage on as to what kind of technology could get introduced. Whether it is just goal-line technology or extra help to aid in off-side and handball decisions, there is a floodgate waiting to be opened. FIFA’s defence is that they don’t want to take the human factor out of the sport. But when so much hinges on human error, is it time to embrace technology? Of course, this is something you can have a bet on….
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