The calls for goal-line technology have finally been answered as a deal has been announced for the Premier League to have technology starting from the 2013/2014 season.
As this decision has been announced we look at three of the most high profile cases of technology being needed.
Frank Lampard | England vs Germany | World Cup 2010
Approaching half time England found themselves 2-1 down to a superior Germany side. However, the mood quickly changed when Frank Lampard sent the ball over the top of Manuel Neuer clipping the crossbar and bouncing in.
As Lampard and most of England celebrated Neuer picked up the ball and kicked it down field. England were not given the equaliser and crashed out as Germany won 4-1. There is no telling what might have been if the goal had stood.
Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, later admitted that it was this goal that convinced him that technology was needed.
Geoff Hurst | England vs West Germany | World Cup 1966
Here is the flip side of the coin. With eleven minutes of extra time gone, Alan Ball put in a low cross; Hurst swivelled and hit a shot striking the underside of the bar. Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst wasn’t sure whether the ball had crossed the line and so consulted the linesman Tofik Bakhramov from the USSR. He confirmed that it was over the line and the goal was awarded putting England 3-2 ahead. This would lead to England winning the World Cup.
Pedro Mendes | Tottenham vs Manchester United | Premier League 2004/2005
Nobody in the stadium thought there was any danger of a goal when United keeper Roy Carroll tracked back to catch a speculative long-range lob from Pedro Mendes. But instead of catching the ball, Carroll somehow let it bounce off his chest, over his shoulder and a clear over the line before he desperately clawed it back over.
Goal-line technology is on its way courtesy of Hawk-Eye but unfortunately for these players it has come too late.
Hopefully the technology will be a success and will stop any of these events happening in the future. However, this doesn't change the fact that technology should have been introduced much earlier than this.
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