If UEFA can continue to pride itself to be as “fair play” as it claims to be then video technology must be introduced into games. For an organization that does work promoting respect, equality, and fairness it seems to have forgotten these particular aspects inside the field, when the ball is in play. Euro 2012 tips have become difficult (or incredible easy) to predict with all the missed calls.
All throughout history, all over Europe, referees have made decisions that have been decisive and even made them notorious all for the wrong reasons. One does not need to ponder for long before dozens of examples of football games come to mind where the team deserving to win doesn’t because of the particular influence the referees deem to have on the outcome. The current European championships in Poland and Ukraine have provided drama for all nations involved, but here we are again. Referees are making the headlines for their incorrect decisions. It is for this exact reason that video technology must be introduced into football, referees are human and videos would allow the game to be free from human error.
A weary Croatia that had lasted 83 minutes battling valiantly and effectively against football super powers and defending champions Spain saw their claims for a penalty neglected as Busquets pulled down an open Mandzukic towering over everyone, only a divine intervention could have stopped Mandzukic from heading into the open net from just a few meters out. The referee not only missed the penalty but after the ball flew over the fouled Mandzukic, Casillas punched the ball behind his net for a corner. Except a corner is not what was given, instead Casillas was wrongly awarded a goal kick and while the Croatians were still rightfully surrounding the referee, Casillas launched a counter attack and Spain scored the winning goal ending the Croatia’s hopes of progressing through the next round.
Ukraine, playing their hearts out at home in hope of qualifying for the next round and delighting their fans against England, were denied a clear goal. Just like the Croatian one against Spain, this goal would have been enough for them to progress as Sweden was beating France in the other fixture of the group.
As Portugal was beating the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark were fighting for their qualification, and with the scored still in a deadlock at 1-1, Denmark had a blatant penalty as the striker was brought down with a ruthless slide tackle inside the box as he was about to face Neuer for the final finishing blow. The penalty, had it been scored would have given Denmark the advantage in the game and had the results remained it would have sent the Germans home.
In three days, Germany, Spain, and England were all given favourable decisions and had the fair decisions been ruled, the favourites to win the tournament could well be on their way home. The Croatian goal would have still allowed Spain to advance, but Italy would not be in the quarterfinals.
As a spectator, I feel there is nothing better when the underdog rises to the occasion and is able to outclass and outplay a football superpower with players who are each “worth” considerably more than my house and car put together. It’s what makes football such a great sport, the big boys sometimes lose, yet now it appears that even when they should lose, they are given a hand and progress.
Goal line technology, if introduced correctly, is the only way forward, and instead of shunning it as UEFA so often has needs to introduce it for the benefit of everyone involved who just want the game to played fairly and the best team to win. UEFA seems to be adamant about their argument that football is a fluid game and any technology introduced would slow down the pace, with today’s technology checking to see if the ball has crossed the line or not does not take more than a few seconds, about the same amount of time it takes for the goalkeeper to collect the ball and set it down for a goal kick.
Having already incorporated technology into rugby, tennis and cricket, it has clearly improved the respective sports, and if football does not incorporate it then something seen by everyone except the referee will continue to take away justice from the sport.
By Dylan Lebecki, writing from Edinburgh.
No true fan of the sport can argue against having goal line technology, but one can argue with your claims about “favourable decisions” for England. The linesman on the right side of the pitch made five terrible decisions. The ball crossed the line, yes, but they were not denied a “clear goal” because the Ukrainian started the move in an offside position. There was also another clear Ukraine offside that could have resulted in a goal (the close range header), as well as a decision the linesman made against Ashley Cole that was so bad it was over-ruled by the referee. In the first half a foul was flagged against James Milner for nothing but winning a header against a high boot. Additionally, a draw would have not got Ukraine through anyway. They needed all three points because of the head to head rule.
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