Sunday, June 27, 2010

Should Technology Be Used In Football? I Say Referal System

Frank Lampard's goal being denied by the referee for England against Germany and an Argentinian goal from an offside has raised the debate about technology being involved in football. Should referees be allowed to refer decisions to Television Match Officials (TMOs) like they do in rugby, rugby league, tennis and cricket? In what capacity should they use this technology? I think the goal line technology should be used, but what about offsides that result in goals and dubious penalties from tackles and handballs in the penalty box? Should we go the full monty and use it for free kicks too? I think free kicks is going too far, but I guess there is a fine balance between letting the game flow and getting the decision correct. Goal line technology could then be used to see if the ball crossed the goal line, but would you feel obliged to use it to judge if the ball goes out for throw ins, corners and goal kicks? What do you think are the limits?

Should there be a referal system that Ryan Nelsen could've used to avoid concedeing a penalty to Italy or that goal from an offside against Slovakia? Like cricket should captains get so many appeals like two per match? It could add some entertainment to the game.

I think a referal system would be brilliant. Two per match per team, although if it is not denied then you don't lose one. They can be used with anything relating to the penalty box like handballs and fouls (although judging fouls using slow motion could destort them), goals from offsides and when the ball has crossed the line, but not for judging corners or throw ins or free kicks or if a player should have got carded.

What are your thoughts? There is so much money at stake in football with betting, television rights, players, coaching careers, fans expectations and national pride.

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