The IFAB and FIFA, Football’s rule-makers, have voted against goal line technology being used in soccer and effectively ended any chances of goal-line video replays coming into the game of soccer.
This comes only hours before the Portsmouth v Birmingham FA Cup game, where Birmingham scored a perfectly valid headed goal from a corner. The ball was over the line but David James’s hand scooped it out of the net before the linesman saw it. Goal Line Technology would have proved that this was a goal but the decision from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Zurich voted against continuing any further experiments with goal-line technology although the English FA and Scottish FA both voted in favour of the technology being used.
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said, “‘The door is closed. The decision was not to go ahead with technology at all.” The IFAB will decide in May whether to pursue the system of having an extra two officials behind each goal-line.
It seems FIFA are extremely backward – just as the game needs to move with the times, any efforts to do so are rejected by an organisation who seem not to care about fairness, i.e. a ball that crosses the line is a goal, but only if the officials see it … and … a ball the touches the hand of a player is a free kick and possibly a card, but only if the officials see it (and if the player is not French as FIFA is mainly made up of French personnel).
If you think Goal Line Technology is just for “is the ball over the line” type arguements, have a look at the video below, where the ball actually goes into the goal and the ref still did not see it!! The video is of Clive Allen hitting the stachion back in 1980, and Freddie Sears’ non-goal against Bristol City thirty years later.
This is something I heard about on Newstalk’s Breakfast Programme for the past few mornings. Its an Irish band called Crystal Swing and a song called “He Drinks Tequila”.
The video of He Drinks Tequila is below if you want to watch it, it is also a huge hit on You Tube with a well organised Crystal Swing You Tube Channel getting huge hits this week.
They have become an Internet Sensation overnight, especially after ‘American Idol’ judge Ellen DeGeneres, posted a link on Twitter to the YouTube clip of Crystal Swing, made up of Mary Murray-Burke, her son Derek and daughter Dervla from Co. Cork.
I have yet to watch the video the whole way through, as the song itself just reminds me of 11:30 at an Irish Wedding. I’m not overly sure what the fuss is all about but certainly they seem to have some sort of hit on their hands with all the publicity and You Tube hits.
The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended Eduardo accusing UEFA of conducting a witch-hunt, following UEFA charging Eduardo with diving in the Champions League qualifying game with Celtic.
Eduardo dived, there are no two ways about it in my mind. It is out and out cheating. Is this the way Arsenal feel they have to win competitions? They are good enough to win them on their own merit. The fact that the boss came out and defended him certainly does the club no good. It is clear to see on the video replays (which are few and far between now on You Tube duwo to UEFA copyright) that no contact was made and Eduardo fell down like he was shot.
If I was the manager, (and having seen the You Tube video of Eduardo diving), I would have said that ‘no contact was made and the penalty was dubious to say the least’ … and no more. I certainly would not have defended the player.
I have watched the video and Eduardo seems to deliberately stub his toe on the ground so he can fall convincingly. Hopefully this will stop players trying to cheat the referee. I think Eduardo should get at least a 1 match ban for being so cheeky in conning the referee. UEFA are right to clamp down on this.
One quick final thought – is it now time that soccer should introduce video replays or a video referee in cases like this?
This is my view of the Eduardo controversy – if you see something different in it, leave a comment !