The Need for Goal-line Technology Continues: Ismaeel Abdulatif (Bahrain) scores a phantom goal v Palestine

On average we would estimate that around once a month we highlight a clip on this blog that confirms, if any doubt remained, of the need for goal-line technology.

As regular visitors to this site will know, we firmly believe goal-line technology needs to be introduced into football. Fast.

Why, in 2011, is football still not able to get a grip on the fundamental essence of the game? If tennis, cricket and rugby can manage to function with the aid of technology, why can’t football?

Sepp Blatter and FIFA, what the hell are you doing?!

The latest example of a “ghost goal” comes from the Pan Arab games in a match between Bahrain and Palestine on Wednesday and, as ever, it directly affected the outcome of the match.

Bahrain had taken an early lead, but after drawing level Palestine went 2-1 down at half-time and were looking to get back into the match after the break.

Thirteen minutes into the second half, Bahrain launched at attack down the left and a deep cross was poked onto the post and along the line by striker Ismaeel Abdulatif (pictured).

The final angle on the video below shows the linesman looking at the ball throughout but he gave the goal on one look, which surely proves the officials need help here. A glance at the TV pictures would have only held up the game for a couple of minutes and justice would have been done for the Palestinians.

Bahrain won the match 3-1, presumably Palestine were simply too deflated to come back into it.

Footage of Ismaeel Abdulatif’s ghost goal for Bahrain against Palestine can be seen here.