Lampard Forces Blatter into Volte Face.

June 30, 2010

It was all so simple, Blatter, and by extension Fifa were opposed to goalline technology, and that was that. No discussion, no ifs, no buts and certainly no experiments. Fifa even went as far as to release the following statement following their 124th Annual General Meeting in March.

“The IFAB has decided not to pursue goal-line technology and to no longer continue experiments in that area,”- Jerome Valke, Fifa Secretary General

Well, that seems fairly conclusive,  wouldn’t you agree?

However, in what proved to be his only notable contribution to the English cause during the World Cup, Frank Lampard could well have reopened the door on goalline technology.  After witnessing Lampards’ phantom goal against the Germans, Blatter has decided that some kind of technology wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all. During a media briefing in Johannesburg today, Blatter stated:

“It is obvious that after the experience so far in this World Cup it would be a nonsense to not reopen the file of technology at the business meeting of the International FA Board in July.”

Blatter has also announced that there will be a drive to improve the overall standard of high level refereeing, but the big story here is Blatter’s sudden U-turn on some kind of additional help for match officials (maybe technology, maybe additional officials like in the Europa League).  Obviously something needs to be done, in an industry where seasons and careers can hinge on a referees decision it seems like a madness that the officials don’t have all the resources they need.

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