Better late than never?
Goal-line technology is back on the agenda after Fifa revealed this World Cup is set to be the last tournament under the existing refereeing system.
Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke told the BBC that TV replays showing Frank Lampard scoring a goal against Germany was a “bad day” for organisers.
And Valcke suggested changes will be made before the 2014 World Cup.
“We’re talking about a goal not seen by the referee which is why we are talking about new technology,” said Valcke.
Fifa’s general secretary also suggested that the use of two extra referees positioned on the goal-line – a system trialled last season in the Europa League and set to be used in the Champions League this coming season – might be used in future World Cups.
“Let’s see if this system will help or whether giving the referee an additional four eyes will give him the comfort and make duty easier to perform,” added Valcke.
“I would say that it is the final World Cup with the current refereeing system.” (BBC Sport)
Well you could never accuse FIFA of not being pragmatic, although you may correctly surmise that football’s world governing body tends to react far too slowly in doing so. With any luck having two extra referees on the goal line would remove some poor decisions but then what if these added officials are as inept as those already out there on the pitch?