Monday, June 28, 2010

Video Technology Implementation On Football Matches. Yes, or No?

The FIFA World Cup heat is on the rise. Yesterday's matches saw England slumping into a 4-1 defeat to the German tankers and Mexico well beaten by Diego Maradona's high flying Argentina.

2 matches. 2 controversial decisions.


Let's talk about England's "No Goal". I watched the match, supporting England. Lampard's shot ricochet off the cross bar and over the line, a.k.a A BEAUTIFUL GOAL. Everyone was jumping, fist were pumping in the air, and then suddenly, the play continues. No goal for England!



Lionel Messi was charging towards the Mexican goal. Nutmegging the Mexican defenders, he powered his shot which unfortunately was blocked by the on coming goal keeper. Bad luck for the Mexicans as the ball fell right back to Messi. He lobbed the ball passed the entire defences, for Carlos Tevez to head it into an empty net without anyone in front of him, a.k.a AN OFFSIDE!!

2 big mistakes by refrees that no doubt sparkle the debate of the usage of video technology to make the right decisions when refrees can't make a fair and 100% correct judgement. No doubt if FIFA were to use video technology, in the future there won't be a single mistake or wrong that goes by unnoticed. Nil. The winner deserve to win and vice versa.

But if we were to look back at footballing history, till the day today, till the very instant this moment, as all of the matches played passed us by. Each and every one of them is a history, an epic battle between 2 teams. Asked any footballing fan he can tell you the exact scenario of a match( if he DID watch). What happened, and so on. Even those who aren't born in the previous World Cups knows The Hand Of God, Kung fu Kick on a supporter, The Goal that was not a Goal, and the lists goes on.

Nations on the losing side with bitter pride will definitely deny the goal or situation to the very last breath of their lives. But the goal stands or fall the moment the refree makes his decision. He may not be right all the time, but we have to accept that he has done his best every match and did not favour any side.

Every controversy and misjudgment makes football an unfair sport. But it is also the reason that football is the most watched sport in the world, minus the Olympics where so many sports are contended together. Whether you like it or not, hate it or love it, you aren't gonna quit watching football for one freaking mistake the refree or player make. Instead, every 4 years if the same team play against each other, you will be watching the match and with your pulse going berserk and you heart beating like mad, hoping that another repeat ain't gonna happened.

I am a Manchester United fan and honestly speaking, if video technology was implemented much ealier on, Didier Dorgba won't have scored the winner when we faced Chelsea, and that the 2009/2010 title was left at Old Trafford. I would not have sacrficied my teams glory and killing off the excitement football has given me.

But of course, measures have to be taken. To ensure horrible and "unforgivable" mistakes aren't to be repeated again. A goal should have been a goal, and when it is not, it isn't a goal. Extra refrees at the back of the goal is a welcome suggestion, and should be implemented without doubt.

JUST SAY NO TO VIDEO. It kills the game.

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