I remember when then head of S.A. cricket Dr Ali Bacher (whom I watched play back in the ’69 series against OZ) convinced Panasonic to install cameras at our grounds way back in the ’70’s. There were 2 cameras at each end to help the umpires with run-out decisions, we called them “Pan-eyes” How things have changed since then!
Rugby, athletics and tennis have been using technology for years as have almost every other major sport with the exception of football, ’till now that is.
So then, are we finally going to get those crucial offside decisions which often affect the outcome of many games sorted? Sadly not!
How about those fouls that happen in or out of the penalty area, are we going to get the correct decision? Erm no!
How about solving the issue of time wasting and how much ‘Fergie time’ should or shouldn’t be added? No, not that either.
Apparently the powers that be are going to have an automated system that lets us know when a goal has been scored! Yes, the footballing powers have invested hundreds of millions of pounds / euros to tell us what we can plainly see with our own two eyes!
Take the English Premier league for example, 20 teams play each other twice, that’s 380 games, how many times would this system have been required last season? Once? Twice? I honestly don’t know, it just seems a whole lot of money to fix a very minor problem when other match deciding errors occur almost on a weekly basis.
Still, I suppose it’s a start, so cherished colleagues why not join me in welcoming football to the 21st century?