Monday, March 5th, 2012
The news over the weekend that The International FA Board (IFAB) approved final tests on two goal-line technology systems is hugely welcomed. Sadly, for many teams the implementation of goal-line technology may come too late.
Arsenal forward Carlos Vela, on loan at Real Sociedad, was at the centre of the major controversial incident in La Liga this weekend as the Mexican was denied a perfectly legal goal in the defeat at Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby.
As always seems to be the case, the fact the “goal” was ruled out had a direct bearing on the final result, with Bilbao 1-0 up in the 47th minute – the time of the incident.
Vela’s effort could be seen going over the line, with Athletic Bilbao keeper Iraizoz bringing the ball back, to fool referee Antonio Lahoz.
It isn’t the easiest ball crossing the line incident to see (certainly not in the same league as Sulley Muntari’s non-goal for AC Milan against Juventus a week ago) but with little help from the linesman, Lahoz was left out to dry with no technology to call upon.
Related link: Kick Back: Requesting goal line technology through song.