The absence of TV evidence and goal-line technology is harming the reputation of football – something needs to be done!
In the 89th minute of the Euro 2012 qualifier at Hampden, Scotland Vs Czech Republic, on the 3rd September 2011, Jan Rezek, the Czech No.9, fell inside the Scotland box. TV replays from several angles have made clear that he simulated a dive, and in doing so conned the referee into awarding a penalty. This was converted to equalise the game at 2-2.
Moments later, at the other end of the field, the Scottish player, Christophe Berra, fell inside the box and received a yellow card (as the referee accused the player of diving) – however this time replays show contact was made. Although some may argue it was not enough to justify a penalty it was certainly more that for the previous penalty – showing the referee had no consistency at all in his decision making. At the end of the game and without a victory Scotland now have an uphill battle to qualify for Euro 2012.
This is not a sole incident – you’ll all have a memory of when your team was unfairly refereed – with the decisions often costing teams qualifications, titles and ultimately money. Was it a penalty; did the ball cross the line; should the goal have been disallowed for an offside offence? There are too many to moments in history to list! Some may say that “luck” balances out at the end of the day; however I say why should it balance out?
There is technology available now to ensure that incorrect decisions to not effect the outcome of a game. Sports like Rugby and Tennis successfully use technology to enhance their games, even adding an element of excitement to proceedings. It is time FIFA brought the beautiful game into the 21st century!