FIFA needs to enter the late 20th century.
No, that wasn’t a typo, FIFA, the ruling body for football (soccer) is going to walk away with egg all over its face after what happened on Sunday at the World Cup. Forget the vuvazelas annoying the heck out of everyone, it is the staunch stance against the use of instant reply technology that will forever mark this year’s World Cup.
The Germany Vs. England match was severely marred by a line judge not seeing the ball cross the line into Germany’s goal and would have brought the game up to 2-2. Everyone else in the world seems to have seen it, but because it bounced back out so fast he missed it and disallowed the goal. Take a look at this image over at MSNBC, and you try to tell me that ball wasn’t inside the goal line. Even German coach Joachim Loew said, ”I saw in the television this ball was behind the line, it must have been given as goal.”
Okay, fine, perfect example of how instant replay could, and should, be used in football, but certainly things like that happen so rarely you can live without it!
… aw, crap.
Argentina Vs. Mexico … later the very same day. Argentina scores its first goal with its player clearly offsides to just about everyone but a blind man. Somehow the officials missed it, they allowed the goal, and Argentina was on its way to victory.
Look, there is no way that instant replay can be used in every case, no one argues that, but in the case of a disputed goal, it has to be used. England deserved to lose (the final was 4-1 Germany), but how differently would they have played the second half had they gone into it 2-2? My thoughts are that Germany would have still won, but we’ll never know the true outcome of the game because for some insane reason FIFA says that technology should not be involved in the game.
So, with that in mind …
- Why is there lighting for night games?
- Why is there artificial grass woven into some of the fields?
- Why does the main official wear a headset?
- Why are electronic boards used on the sidelines to communicate substitutions and stoppage time?
I could go on, but you get the point.
Again, instant replay can not be used in every single instance as it would ruin the flow of the match, but when it comes to a disputed goal, it must be introduced.