Stop talking about goal line technology

If you have seen the frenzy stirred up this week about the need to introduce goal line technology to football, you may have the impression that it has been rejected by the games governing bodies.

The opposite is true as FIFA and the FA have agreed to bring it in to help officials. They are currently trialing various systems to make sure they are accurate and fast enough to use in a match situation.

So can we all stop talking about it please? It is on the way, we just have to sit tight and wait.

I can’t listen to another pundit, player or anyone state that it needs to be brought in. Particularly as it is said with such conviction by everyone, as if it was their idea and they are the saviour of our game.

Let’s put the record straight

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Sepp Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter had always rejected the idea of goal line technology. However, that changed after the embarrassing debacle of the World Cup in 2010. In the last 16 clash between England and Germany, a Frank Lampard shot bounced down off the bar and clearly crossed the line.

The referee didn’t give the goal and the entire football world was outraged. Blatter and the FIFA governing body were finally shamed into changing their minds and agreeing to introduce goal line technology.

So why does the debate go on? The media still can’t stop talking about it.

Here we go again

Goal line technology is the most overly discussed topic in the game. It reared its boring head again after an incident at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

QPR scored a perfectly good goal but it wasn’t given. Clint Hill’s header clearly crossed the line but the officials didn’t see it and so didn’t award the goal.

Bolton v QPR got promoted to Match of the Day’s first game of the programme on the back of this incident. It meant we all had to watch Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson tell us how the game needs to bring in technology

Watch Mark Hughes interview and I’m pretty sure he mentions this as well. In fact, the issue provided a shield for Hughes to hide behind. The fact his team lost the game became secondary to the debate over the goal.

The game finished 2-1 to Bolton. QPR had a perfectly good goal ruled out, on the other hand, the goad they did score should have been disallowed for offside. So if all the decisions been correct QPR would still have lost 2-1.

However no-one mentioned this to Hughes, he has been spared the pressure that comes with defeat because everyone only wanted to discuss the goal that wasn’t given. I don’t think Alan Hansen even criticised any defending.

Sky Sports also had the situation well under control. We got to see several different angles, including that of the linesman who failed to award the goal.

They also provided us with insights from many household names, including former Premier League ref Dermot Gallagher. Guess what he said? He also thinks the game should bring in goal line technology to aid the referees.

Sky delved into their archives to find goals that were or weren’t given from matches of the past, and the various angles to view them from. This is entertainment?

In case you didn’t get it

Of course if you don’t have Sky Sports News you may have feared that you would miss out on this ground breaking story. Not to worry, as every Sunday – and Monday – newspaper had photos (showing the ball had clearly crossed the line) from the game with a two, three or even four page spread for you to absorb over your cornflakes.

Football does not yet have goal line technology

We know the football world; players, managers, fans, officials unanimously want goal line technology in our game. I agree it should be. It will be soon but this season we don’t have it.

Can the world please stop discussing it before I fall into a coma?

Alternatively I could start following cricket, rugby or tennis, as I am sure I have heard somewhere recently that these sports have already successful introduced technology to aid their officials with important decisions.

NB. I am aware of the irony of asking for this matter to stop being discussed by writing about the incident itself. Let’s hope I am the last person ever to write of goal line technology.


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