It looks as though goal-line technology has final been embraced by the governing body of world football.
The Premier League have announced they will use a system from next season. But why has it taken so long and what are the pros and cons of using it?
The topic of introducing goal-line technology was brought up in the 2000 African Nation Cup tournament when a goal via penalty was not given in a match between Nigeria and Cameroon when in fact it actually did cross the line according to replays.
There have been other incidents throughout this past decade where players and fans cry foul after reviewing replays. Sadly there was nothing they could do after an official ruled for a goal or for the game to carry on.
It is a wonder why this has been postponed for a ridiculously long time. There are numerous benefits for implementing this technology that this article will be discussing.
1. Human error vs Computing error
Despite having four officials, three on the pitch and one off the field, mistakes are still rife throughout the game. Although not every decision can appease both sets of fans, the margin of human error is simply too high. The responsibility of putting two officials at any one given point in time to judge the nature of a fast moving situation may not be ideal for football. Installing goal-line technology would serve to eliminate the margin of human error and would allow a more accurate reading of such scenarios.
2. Aiding the officials
A penalty box can be a crowded place. The referee and his assistant are usually obstructed from viewing any incident. If the ball is a yard over the line then how can a referee know? It’s a guessing game.
The main referee is usually viewing the incident from a point of view where he may not be able to grasps if the ball fully crosses the line or not.
The pressure on footballing officials is extremely high and making the wrong decision in a match will draw backlash and criticism. With technology to aid them their jobs will be made a little easier in a very crucial aspect. With the help of goal-line technology, referees will be less pressured into making the wrong decision and avoid unnecessary repercussions.
3. Financial cost
Goal Line technology is not exactly cheap which is why it was not recommended in the earlier stages of development. However, looking at the global football scene in present day, it is very important that the sport is governed to the utmost accuracy.
Billions of pounds are invested into the game and it would be a shame if the wrong call of an official who had his view obstructed were to sway the course of history.
The problem is that such technology can only be implemented in the top leagues. There is little or no chance of goal-line technology making it down to the Semi-professional of amateur leagues. It means that the elites get benefits that other teams cannot afford.
Fans have long been shelling abuse at officials who make the wrong decisions or who seem to favour and are bias towards particular teams. Club officials also have their fair share to say about officials during post match interviews at times. Goal-line technology will eradicate any notion of biasness and favouritism.
Goal-line technology will come to be known as a blessing for football. People might say it starts the removal of the human element of refereeing but in retrospect it enhances the human elements allowing officials to make the right choice, which is for the betterment of the game.
Clubs will no longer have to rue over what could have been or speculate about possible goals. The introduction of the technology will ultimately step up fairness and justice to football.
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