Goal line technology

JOHANNESBURG - Former South African cricket boss, Ali Bacher, has become the latest sport administrator to support the introduction of goal line technology in football.

There have been calls in the past week for football governing body FIFA to introduce video line technology at its competition following a spate of refereeing errors during this years World Cup matches. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has since promised to reopen discussions on the possibility of introducing video replays at football matches.

Its been working well for cricket, its been working well for rugby and netball but in soccer they are still debating it, I dont understand because video technology has proved to assist in terms of minimizing wrong decisions, Bacher said.

Teams have lost matches in the past for wrong reasons and mostly due to wrong decisions and in cricket we decided to change that, he said. Video technology has been in operation in cricket for the past 18 years after being introduced in 1992.

The referee at England’s second-round match with Germany last week missed a clear English goal that would have tied the score 2-2. Germany went on to win the match 4-1. Hours later, another referee awarded a goal to Argentina in which a replay later showed goal-scorer Carlos Tevez was clearly offside. Argentina went on to beat Mexico 3-1. Blatter apologized to both teams.

Bacher said such mistakes could be avoided. When we decided to introduce the video replays there were obviously many mistakes and most of those mistakes involved close run outs and we had to do something about it and I dont see a reason why they cant do the same in soccer.

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