For a long time now, people have been calling for Football to follow in the footsteps of Cricket and Rugby and use video technology.
There is no doubt that bringing in video technology will effectively put an end to any debate regarding any controversial decision and then this should see the correct and deserving result.
We saw last season the introduction of goal line technology, which in my opinion was a huge addition to the game, it was also the right move to make. What I actually found quite interesting was the amount it was needed to be used, which I thought would be a lot less.
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Goal line technology for me was a must. It had to be introduced because a difference between a goal being given and not given is huge. The way it was introduced as well in that it had no impact in terms of timings in the game was a big positive. When the decision is able to be made instantly it has no great effect on the game.
However, do we want to start using video technology for everything? Every dubious penalty claim, every offside decision, every foul, every handball? Even if we were looking at just one of these, for example every penalty claim, it would still slow the game down a huge deal.
I think Rugby and Cricket have become accustomed to it and it is just part and parcel of those sports now, for it to be introduced to Football I think would be a detriment.
Of course, introducing it would be the fairer option there is no doubt about that, but the one thing I hear a lot in Football when a dodgy decision is made is that things "even themselves out" which I actually do believe to be true. I do also think it could take something away from the officials on the pitch.
No More Debate
I think one of the great things about football is we have programmes such as Monday Night Football and Match Of The Day, a lot of the time spent analyzing decisions made on the pitch. If we were to eliminate human error completely, there would be something missing?
It would also eliminate every day debate. Today I was discussing with a colleague of mine the Thibaut Courtois red card incident at the weekend. If we were to start using video technology and letting that analyse every decision, does that then eliminate general day to day debate?
I think that's the beauty of Football compared to any other sport. It is open for debate and it raises so many talking points.
There is no doubt as I have said video technology throughout the game would make it a much fairer game. It would eliminate the managers coming out after every game, blaming results on the decisions made by the officials. But do we want that? Post match interviews would certainly become less exciting to watch.
There is another element we have to look at, which I touched upon previously was the way it would affect the timings in the game. How much time would be added onto games to review decisions? It's difficult to say what kind of impact this would have, but it would certainly have to be considered if were to ever be brought in on a more regular basis during games.
Is Controversy Needed?
I think there is no doubt video technology for this great sport that I love comes with its pros and cons. Being a pure Football fan who loves the controversy of the game , I would prefer the game to remain as it is now.
I think controversy is part and parcel of the game, and I think controversial decisions made on a Football pitch bring out the best debates in people on a day to day basis. I think Football is very unique compared to any other sport, and it is important it remains that way.
Do we really want to increase the game time and eliminate all controversy from the game? I know which side of the fence I would choose.