Saturday, February 25th, 2012
Of all the goal-line technology incidents, the one that took place in the AC Milan v Juventus top of the table Serie A clash on Saturday night, may well have been one of the most profile ever.
There are of course a fair few from World Cup matches that come to mind but this came in a season defining match between the Rossoneri and Old Lady and had a direct impact on the end result.
It is amazing how often the lack of goal line decisions can affect a season and knowing Italian football and the recent Calciopoli scandal, Sulley Muntari’s ghost goal could be a talking point for years.
In our quest to get FIFA to wake up and smell the coffee, we highlight these incidents on a regular basis with Harry Kewell denied a goal for Melbourne Victory v Gold Coast at the beginning of the month.
In our estimation, there are around two such goal-line technology incidents a month across the globe. Plenty come in smaller leagues so are often ignored, hopefully this one will put a little more pressure on the powers that be.
If it even needs repeating: Why, in 2012, 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?!
Sulley Muntari’s goal, which clearly crossed the line, would have put AC Milan 2-0 up against Juventus, leaving Massimo Allegri’s side in the driving seat for the Scudetto. As it is Alessandro Matri equalised late on for Juventus to rub salt in the open wounds of the Rossoneri.
There will of course be those that say Alessandro Matri was denied a goal for a poor offside call before he did equalise for Juventus and it is reasonable to say the game should have finished 2-2.
Whilst there is of course basis to this argument, i.e. that both sides were denied by poor refereeing decisions, the fact remains that goal-line technology is a clear way to improve the game, whilst currently there is no definitive technological solution to offside calls.