There are many issues with modern day football - both on and off the pitch-but whilst some appear to get dealt with others are helping to damage the beautiful game.
In the last decade video technology has dramatically improved. With coverage of high profile football matches being broadcast across the globe it’s usual for games to gather high popularity and viewership.
Many big matches have had contentious decisions leaving people feeling aggrieved at the final result - most notably for England fans, Frank Lampard’s strike against Germany in the 2010 World Cup.
Referees are often the focus of these decisions. Akin to the role of a goalkeeper, their good work usually goes unnoticed whereas their poor choices are ridiculed for weeks.
There is huge pressure in officiating a game so making the correct decisions is vital, but sometimes human error means that the wrong call is given. For the officials at a match (in England’s top flight at least), things have recently been made a little easier.
Hawk-Eye, an expensive piece of technology already being utilised by tennis and cricket, is to be introduced for the start of the 2013/14 Premier League season. This multi camera system tracks the path of a football on the pitch and alerts referees as to when the ball has crossed the goal line.
According to the Daily Mirror, Hawk-Eye - who are now owned by Sony - will cost £250,000 to install at each Premier League club’s ground.
The technology will likely take the pressure off referees and eradicate controversial goal line debates. This is sure to please many fans but why spend £5 million on new technology when current video evidence is being used incorrectly?
Manchester City’s FA Cup victory against holders Chelsea was as an enthralling cup semi-final as anybody could wish for: it had goals, chances and was end to end. The showpiece event was stolen by sublime goals by Demba Ba and Sergio Aguero; but for the latter there were more talking points than just his headed goal.
A two-footed lunge on David Luiz in the 85th minute was a sour note that left the Brazilian international rolling around on the floor in agony. The ‘challenge’ did not receive a booking and the general consensus was that Aguero would receive a follow-up ban from the FA; however he avoided punishment.
A current ruling means that if the referee or his officials have seen the challenge and not acted with a card at that time then the FA cannot get involved.
It’s believed that Chris Foy’s lineman saw the lunge and after awarding Chelsea a free kick no card was shown meaning that another dangerous challenge has gone relatively unpunished.
It is not just the Aguero incident that has seen football critics and fans enraged recently. In a Premier League match between Wigan and Newcastle, Latics’ Callum McManaman made a dangerous foul on Massadio Haidara of Newcastle.
The tackle, which McManaman received no card for, was not apparently seen by referee Mark Halsey however his linesman did see the incident and did not act on it meaning the young striker escaped punishment.
The FA is undoubtedly making the right decision by introducing goal line technology but it is also time for them to change the rules and allow video evidence to benefit the game - regardless of an official’s decision.
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