After the pressure surmounted on Sep Blatter by Mexico went down to an Carlos Tevez goal that was undoubtedly offside, and England being denied an equalising goal after the referee couldn’t see the ball cross the line, the Frenchman in charge has announced they will be reconsidering the use of Goal Line Technology.
Blatter said in a meeting today:
“It is obvious that after the experiences so far at this World Cup it would be nonsense not to re-open the file on goal line technology,” said Blatter.
“We will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and have first opportunity in July at the business meeting.
“Personally I deplore it when you see evident referee mistakes but it’s not the end of a competition or the end of football, this can happen.
“The only principle we are going to bring back for discussion is goal line technology.
“Football is a game that never stops and the moment there was a discussion if the ball was in or out, or there was a goal-scoring opportunity, do we give a possibility to a team to call for replays once or twice like in tennis?
“For situations like the Mexico game you don’t need technology.”
Blatter has long opposed the introduction of such technology due to it’s difficulties (financially and logistically) to implement at grass-roots level.
Where do you stand on the debate?
Are you glad to see FIFA re-opening the case on goal line technology? Or do you think this is another token effort from FIFA – who will just reject it again anyway?