Goal Line Technology: Is It Worth The Trouble for the EPL and FIFA?
The Premier League [EPL] will start the 2013/14 season using Goal Line Technology. The concept was adopted by the EPL this year with the intention of eliminating doubtful scoring incidents.
Goal Line Technology received major support in England during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. During its World Cup match against Germany, Frank Lampard scored a goal for England.
After the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the EPL and other organizations went to work with Goal Line Technology. The result was an implementation of Goal Line Technology in future FIFA and EPL matches.
The only organization [to the underwriter’s knowledge] resisting the trend is UEFA. Michel Platini UEFA President says that Goal Line Technology is too expensive and that money is better spent on youth football.
Rio Ferdinand of England and Manchester United echoes Platini’s sentiments. Ferdinand stated that there will always be a margin of error in matches regardless of Goal Line Technology.
He went on to say that football would lose its essence with the introduction of goal line technology. The concept has its defenders as well as its detractors.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised Goal Line Technology as an aid for the referees. Wenger went as far by saying that video cameras should be added in future EPL matches as well.
Petr Cech and Frank Lampard of Chelsea praised Goal Line Technology along with England’s manager Roy Hodsgon. Hodsgon went on to say that the latest development with stop “gross injustice” in football.
While the technology is great and may be inevitable in football, Platini and Ferdinand are right. Goal Line Technology can be expensive and may strain the budget of European clubs struggling under UEFA Financial Fair Play.
In addition to the expenses and removing the essence of football, referees may be dependent on a fallible technology. The risk of errors, virus, Trojan Horses in a digital world is real and may adversely affect a match.
In the end, it is the responsibility of the referee instead of the technology to witness the players. It is their responsibility to see whether or not a goal was scored.
It remains to be seen whether we master Goal Line Technology or it masters us. In the end, Goal Line Technology will fail us.
Goal Line Technology You Tube Video courtesy of FIFA TV.