Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
“A definitive decision on the future of Goal-Line Technology and Additional Assistant Referees will be taken on July 2, 2012.” – a Fifa announcement on February 1, 2012.
On the day that FIFA graciously agreed to revisit the burning issue of goal-line technology in football (although the use of the word “definitive” raises the fear that a no vote will be the final nail in the coffin), yet another case for those in support of it’s introduction came to the fore in Australia.
The Melbourne Victory were held to a 1-1 draw by Gold Coast United on Wednesday, but the hosts were left feeling robbed after a Harry Kewell effort was denied even though it appeared that the whole ball made it’s way across the line.
With half an hour of the contest gone, a Kewell header appeared to cross the line as Gold Coast keeper Chris O’Connor tried to parry the ball to safety. The referee ignored Victory’s plea for the goal to stand and waved play on.
Whilst little criticism can be attached to the officials for having a make a tough call on such a borderline decision, the incident was yet another episode which highlighted the need for video technology to be introduced into the game.