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Last Updated: Monday, 24 October 2005, 18:35 GMT 19:35 UK
Time for technology?
Premiership referees are in favour of goal-line technology
Premiership referees are in favour of goal-line technology
606 message board users reveal fans are split on the introduction of technology to football.

Many feel gadgets - such as video replay - would kill off the pace of the game and rob them of the controversial decisions that are at the heart of so much footie banter.

But similar numbers believe technology would help match officials do a better job at a time when their actions hold such massive financial implications for clubs.

They feel football must act to put an end to incidents such as West Ham being awarded a goal in Sunday's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough - when TV footage clearly shows Chris Riggott's 'own goal' was stopped by his keeper.

However, few support the widespread use of technical aids and believe innovation should only be used to help with goal-line rulings.

Some also worry that such developments would not be available to the lower leagues, further widening the gap between the rich big clubs and the cash-strapped minnows.


Fifa has hinted it could introduce goal-line technology at the 2006 World Cup after a trial at the recent Under-17 World Championships. The 'Smart Ball' will be given a second test in the World Club Championship in December. And on Monday, Premiership Referees' chief Keith Hackett said he would welcome technology to assist with goal-line decisions. However, many 606 users fear even this development would wreck the beautiful game.

Technology should not be introduced. NO WAY! The game is brilliant as it is and the added edge of getting/not getting decisions is part and parcel of the game.

The most famous two goals I can think of are Geoff Hurst's second strike in the 1966 World Cup final and Maradona's 'Hand of God'. Both goals have been the subject of fantastic debate for years and will continue to be. With 'technology', these may not have stood.

If we give in to goal-line technology, then where do we stop? Tennis style 'Cyclops' systems to see if fouls were committed inside/outside the box?

As (Wigan boss) Paul Jewell says: 'These things even themselves out over the season'. And they do.

The thing that makes football the number one sport is partly the controversy over decisions - was it on or not? etc - and the banter this creates between fans of different clubs.

To introduce technology will to a point diminish this and the game and will also prevent one of my favourite pastimes (moaning how the ref cost us the last game).

The only argument for is that it could cost a club a lot of money if it led to relegation or it could cost a manager a job. But as a fan I don't particularly care about clubs' profits and if we rely on one decision to stay up then we probably haven't been playing that well anyway.

If it ain't broke don't fix it!!!!!!!!!!

Football is the most watched thing on TV across the world and dodgy decisions are a MAJOR part of the game.

It gives us something to talk and debate about, like we are now. Taking away these decisions will be taking away the fun of football. It has survived this long - and look how successful it has become.

It's perfect the way it is.

You should not used replays to judge offsides! What are you trying to do, make football a stop-start game?

The programme that Referee's and Managers use proved that year 98% of all offsides given by English officials were correct. Surely that says something about the standard of English officials?

There's the problem where do you stop if we use replays for goal-line decisions but not offsides then surely it's unfair.

To have a goal ruled out for offside is just as bad and as costly as having it ruled out for not crossing the line, then you can make a case for sendings off. Koeman in the England-Holland game in the European Championship should not have been on the pitch to score as he should have been sent off and that cost England.

The only way is to leave the element of error in all decisions or we will end up with a sterile, dull game.

You cannot say one decision merits stopping the game and another doesn't. It is either video ref for every decision on the field or none.

Wouldn't technology take something away from the game? Remember, before we knock refs and assistant refs, England owes it's only World Cup win to a linesman with blurred vision.

No to technology. Decision's like the West Ham goal are part and parcel of football.

And don't give me the "too much is at stake" line. Yes, it's bad news for Boro - but the Mendes' lob cost Spurs a place in Europe and got Boro in the Uefa Cup.

Fans love those decisions, why do you think so many people still harp on about that cheat Maradona and his 'Hand of God' goal.


Many 606 users say they are fed up with games being marred by refereeing errors. They want football to follow the likes of tennis and rugby league in introducing technological aids to ensure more accurate results.

Goal-line technology is a must - it can make the difference between a club being in Europe or not.

Look at the farcical Pedro Mendes 'goal' against Man Utd last season, the extra two points would have put Tottenham into Europe and given extra revenue for players etc... We've got the technology, so we best use it!!!!

Does football need technology? Absolutely.

Cricket, Rugby, Football and Tennis are our countries national sports, and three of these use technology such as Hawk-Eye for wickets, beepers on the net or video ref to make the game fairer.

Football, however, has stayed in the Dark Ages. Purists may argue that it is a part of the game to have bad decisions, but from a sports fan's point of view (or even a player's), a game can only be enjoyed if it is played fairly.

Anyone who saw MOTD2 on Sunday will have see Teddy Sheringham's reaction when West Ham's goal was allowed. Goal (dis)allowances are important decisions and the FA can't ignore the number of games that have had changes results because of mistaken refs and linesmen.

I think the goal-line technology should be used. Alan Shearer was denied a clear goal last week and Middlesborough conceded a goal that was not over the line. It has got to be brought in immediately to stop these blunders that have occurred lately. I think if the technology is there it should be used.

A couple of weeks ago Derby beat Stoke 2-1. Stoke had a shot that hit a Derby defender who was behind the line.

On the vid it looks like the ball was too. Stoke were denied a perfectly good goal simply because neither the ref nor his assistant were sufficiently up with play to judge.

This has also happened to Derby in the past. Now we have the technology to judge if it was in or not we should use it.

Tennis and rugby only use technology for the crucial decisions, as should football. There should be no danger of 'when do we stop' as long as Blatter isn't let loose on it.

Technology for goal-line decisions should be introduced, but for that purpose only - 30 seconds to clear up a situation is better than 20 players surrounding the ref for five minutes arguing the case.

Introduce it for goal-line decisions, but nothing else otherwise you end up with American football and us fans have no controversy to discuss at all.

There is so much money at stake in today's football I get the feeling that it's WHEN not IF we will be seeing a cricket-style official who can be called upon to aid the referee in his decisions.

I think goal-line decisions have always been broken and thus the use of technology can only be a good thing.

Much more controversial - should it be used with regard to offside? Why not fix that problem too!

If we accept goal-line technology, it can only be a good thing, as the referee will spend more of his time paying attention to the human elements of the game such as the players conduct and not be making a fool of himself making decisions he can have no actual basis for.

Technology should be used only for clear-cut 'easy' decisions - i.e. did the ball cross a line? That can be done, with the right technology, instantly, so it wouldn't slow the game down at all. Anything else, such as fouls and offside being the obvious ones, are open to interpretation and so you can't just do them by machine.

And let's not forget that technology doesn't make everything black and white even when the rules are clear. Look at the experiment in cricket's Super Series - half the time you can't tell even with lots of replays.


Many fans insist technology must be thoroughly tried and tested before it is brought into leagues like the Premiership.

I can't help but feel that if technology was introduced it would take away some of the fun for the fans.

Personally, a lot of the time when I'm talking about football with friends it's about a bad decision or about the clear goal that wasn't allowed.

With technology, I feel there would be fewer surprises. However, a bad decision or disallowed goal can have dramatic consequences for a club in both financial and silverware terms.

I think it should be tried for a while and then a panel of fans, referees, players and managers should decide whether to keep it or not.

If used though, in what leagues and competitions and will it lead to even more changes for football?

The thing which would benefit the game would be the simple technology of seeing if the ball crossed the line or not, just between the two posts, as that's where it really matters.

Why stop the game for a foul to see if its a booking or not, just so the opposition can take the pace out of the game (eg: Garcia with his ring vs Blues)?

Keeping it simple is he way to go.

When you are at the top, refs look upon you more favourably and you can whinge and query to your heart's content. Rugby League does have technology. It works.

But it also has rules which are clearer and a system which backs these rules. Mouth off to a ref at your peril. So the answer has to be - YES, let's have technology - BUT only after the rules are clearer, more robust AND abided by.

No wonder Steve Bruce ranted about a correct decision when the activity that took place happens 50 times a match and goes unpunished.

The technology has been round for a long time, but it needs to be tested. I have heard that it will be tried at some international youth championships next summer. This sounds like a good idea. If it's successful, give it the go-ahead.


Some fans worry technology will not be available to the lower leagues and further widen the divide between the top and bottom of the football pyramid.

I think goal-line technology should be used in football - but it does state in the Laws of the Game that play cannot be delayed for any reason!

That is why Fifa is trying to get this chip in the ball working, and once it is working properly it will be introduced.

But then the problem is that only the top clubs will be able to afford the technology - so what happens with the clubs in the lower leagues.

Another worry I have is, will it mean football won't be the same at all levels of the game.

While league teams and some Conference teams will be able to apply these methods, will Conference south/north and teams below that level be able to afford it and will the FA be willing to pay for it if those teams can't?

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