UK time is: 13:19:29
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

RUFC - Is it time for technology in football?

Rotherham United have recently suffered some poor decisions from the officials.

We all know that the officials are only human but these days football isn't just a sport, which is unfortunate, it's a business.

So, is it time for goal-line technology?

Yes, we've been talking about this since the 1966 World Cup Final and the Geoff Hurst goal that we are still asking 'was it over the line?'

In recent years there have been many incidents that we know, if goal-line technology had been allowed, would have been different - none more than the goal that beat the Millers at Valley Parade last week. I don't know where the linesman was looking for this but you know when Andy Warrington runs over to confront him, there's something not right. Saturday's 'goal that wasn't' against Bury wasn't quite a conclusive. Friends sat near the incident (or as near as you can get at Don Valley) swear the ball was over the line before the defender got to it. Alfie thought it was a goal. I've seen it on a replay and really, from the angle on TV, I couldn't honestly tell.

There was also the Bobby Zamora 'goal' for West Ham against Blackburn a couple of years ago that went some way to helping the Hammers to stay in the Premiership. And, in January 2005, Manchester United's Roy Carroll wouldn't have been able to drop the ball over his goal line and juggle with it before palming it out. There was also the goal in the Watford v Reading game that the officials agreed that a ball that had rolled at least three feet wide had actually gone in the net.

And we all know stories like this.

With the speed footballers hit a ball these days you can't always say one hundred per cent that a ball has gone over the line and a linesman can't be there every second of the game - can he?

So, with technology available and which has been tested in other sports, is it time for football to move with the times?

There's a machine that can be wired up to say whether or not the whole ball is over the line (similar to the one they use in tennis) and there's always a hawk-eye slow motion replay (like in cricket or rugby) that maybe a fourth official could view.

Or would it spoil the game? Would football as we know it become a completely different game? Is human error part of our wonderful game?

Or maybe we just need more competent officials?


What do you think?
Come and discuss it on Vital Rotherham.
Tell us your thoughts
Just click the link below and follow the instructions.....
Join The Vital Debate

Don't forget, you can also follow Vital Rotherham on Facebook and Twitter!


Vital Rotherham on: facebook

Vital Rotherham on: twitter




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Herringthorpe  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 14 2011

Time: 7:44AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Rotherham United Articles

RUFC - Evans 'Ledesma Has Quality' (Saturday November 22 2014)

RUFC - Evans 'No Excuses' (Saturday November 22 2014)

RUFC - Evans Disappointed With Today (Saturday November 22 2014)

Home Defeat Finds Millers In Bottom Three (Saturday November 22 2014)

Millers v Birmingham Preview (Saturday November 22 2014)

RUFC - New Man Signs In (Friday November 21 2014)

RUFC - Chairman Delighted With Sponsors (Friday November 21 2014)

RUFC - Stadium Sponsor Announced (Friday November 21 2014)

RUFC - Latest on Luciano Becchio (Friday November 21 2014)

Archived Rotherham United Articles

List All Vital Rotherham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. rybel_b 996
2. herringthorpe 915
3. sixpence 226
4. mos60 36
5. nearlyataff 33
6. miller4life 29
7. mvmiller 23
8. Millie Miller 20
9. zipadeedoodah 16
10. axholme 14

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Millwall 18 4 7 7 -5 19
19. Birmingham 18 4 7 7 -14 19
20. Brighton 18 3 9 6 -3 18
21. Rotherham 18 4 6 8 -10 18
22. Wigan 18 3 8 7 -4 17
23. Bolton 17 5 2 10 -7 17
24. Blackpool 17 1 4 12 -18 7

Breaking League News

Wolves : 23/11/2014 12:57:00
Symons Quashes Hammers Interest in Burn
Fulham : 23/11/2014 12:17:00
Birmingham : 23/11/2014 11:29:00
Vital Win for Birmingham City
Birmingham : 23/11/2014 11:19:00
Rotherham : 23/11/2014 10:09:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where In The League Will We Be On New Years Day
Suggested By:  
Bottom Three 20%
Just above the relegation places 20%
15th to 18th 20%
Mid table 40%
Above 10th 0%