No technology is just right
John Terry pulls the ball back in the controversial England Ukraine disallowed goal farce (AFP)
Football has hit the nail on the head by refusing to introduce technology into the great game. The Merseyside derby is good reason why football has got it so right.
Liverpool should have won in the final minute of injury time, when Luis Suarez scored a legitimate goal only for the linesman to rule him offside and deny the winning goal.
Sure, a video replay would have determined Suarez was onside and it was a goal, but that would ignore the fact that it wasn’t able to look at whether Suarez should have been sent off for two ordinary challenges earlier in the match.
It takes out the consistency in a match, which allows the on-field officials to make all the decisions, whether right or wrong.
Also these things tend to even themselves out. Last year in the corresponding match it was Everton who were dudded when Jack Rodwell was red carded for a challenge the FA ended up reversing. His three match suspension was lifted because it wasn’t a red card offence.
That time Liverpool got the good fortune, this time it was Everton.
Too many people want video technology to intervene with how sport was meant to be played. On the field, without blokes watching it on TVs in the grandstands having any input.
The talk about technology now being there so we should use it doesn’t wash with me. Humans make mistakes and referees make plenty, but as long as they are not cheating, then live with it.
Every batsman in the history of cricket has copped a poor decision, but every batsman has copped a good one too.
Video technology in sport is overrated and completely unnecessary. Sport won’t go back to how it should be played but the longer football can hold off on bringing in technology the better.
It’s played like it was 50 years ago and hopefully in 50 years’ time, it will remain the same.
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