What is it about Chelsea players and the need for goal-line technology?
First off, just over a year ago now there was Frank Lampard’s “Wembley Tor” for England v Germany at the World Cup and at the back end of the Premier League season Lampard was again the “goal scorer” thanks to Heurelho Gomes and the lack of goal-line technology.
Didier Drogba’s goal for Chelsea against a Malaysian XI on Thursday has once again brought up the need for goal-line technology. Now far be it from us to attach any importance to what is just a showpiece pre-season friendly but for many of the players in the home side and estimated 80,000 supporters in the stands – this was a hugely important match.
Earlier this week we had Richard Scudamore bleating that he is hopeful goal-line technology will be introduced in time for the 2012-2013 season. The real truth is that English football wields absolutely no power in world football and this decision simply rests with FIFA and Sepp Blatter.
The winner from Drogba on Chelsea’s first game of their pre-season tour wasn’t even the first time this summer that a “ghost goal” illustrated just how out of touch FIFA are with the game.
It came at the Gold Cup in a match between Panama and El Salvador and our argument in an article posted a month ago has once again been highlighted.
For fear of sounding like a broken record, at 101 Great Goals we think it is important to highlight every â€œghost goalâ€ or â€œWembley Torâ€ as the Germans like to call them since this is a clear case of FIFA short changing players, fans and even referees.
If it is good enough for tennis, rugby and cricket, how can the worldâ€™s most popular sport be so far behind?
Even friendlies deserve the right decisions.