From the public statements made by Fifa president Sepp Blatter it looks increasingly likely that 5 officials will be used for each game at next summer’s World Cup in South Africa.
The system is currently being trialled in the Europa League where it has been met with mixed reviews.
Incredibly, Blatter still refuses to acknowledge that video technology is the way forward saying that as yet it isn’t sophisticated enough to be relied upon.
A shot of Blatter in action taken by a camera….see Sepp, they do work!
This is despite sports such as tennis and cricket using existing technology to make exactly the kind of calls that Blatter argues are impossible in football. Surely if Hawk-Eye can be trusted to track the trajectory of a tennis ball moving at around 150mph, the same system could be used to ascertain if a very much bigger spherical object, moving much slower, has crossed the goal-line or not?
Additionally, if a ‘5th official’ had been employed at the France v Republic of Ireland game and had been stationed at the far post, can we be sure that he would have seen the Henry handball incident with a goalkeeper, defender and goal frame in his line of sight? The cameras did – so let’s use them.
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Fifa has decided at its EGM to use neither video technology or extra officials at the World Cup finals. Instead they’ve set up an inquiry. Anyone surprised? No, me neither.
Is the Ballon D’or just balls?
Early December must be a pretty depressing time to be a defender , more so if you happen to play for Portsmouth which must be relatively depressing all of the time! Certainly you can be pretty sure that however outstanding your performances have been over the past 12 months, when it comes to getting a sniff of the European Football of the Year award, you won’t get close.
Beckenbauer discusses his Ballon D’or success (or possibly his choice of wallpaper) with Dennis Tueart
Over the past 26 years only two defenders (Cannavaro and Beckenbaeur) have topped the poll. Of course, the vote is completely subjective and everyone is entitled to an opinion but it seems that those players who score goals have a huge advantage in this annual event over those who stop them.
There is, apparently, no truth in the following rumour. When Wigan boss Roberto Martinez took the team’s first training session after their 9 – 1 humping at Spurs, he asked them to take up their normal positions. As such, they all stood behind the half way line and waited to kick off again!
All credit to Jimmy Bullard for his brilliantly orchestrated goal celebration at the weekend. His re-creation of the famous City of Manchester, Phil Brown on-pitch half time rant was simply sensational. It made a refreshing change to watching players sprint up the touchline, kissing the badge.
Crowd favourite, Jimmy Bullard
Bullard should immediately be installed as the new favourite for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award, the Ballon D’or should be shelved in favour of the C'©l'©bration de but de l’ann'©e trophy while badge-kissing should automatically result in a 3 match ban.