• First past the post!

    (title courtesy of @ginkers - grazie amico!)

    Maybe it's the tension still oozing through my body; or maybe its the sheer anger still raging from an absolutely brilliant match that has been marred yet again by poor refereeing decisions; this anger however could have been stopped.

    We live in a world of instant communication, smartphones, social media, men to the moon and back. We live in a world of 24 hour news, video cameras on and in everything, global transactions with the push of a button and apps.

    And yet, in this very same world we have no answer, yes no answer to whether a ball has crossed a line or not.


    What the linesman is doing I will never know.

    It goes to show how far behind the times FIFA and UEFA are. It really does. We are relying on humans to do the job that a computer has a purpose for. It's really rather simple.

    The more these associations strive to keep football away from technology, the more we search for an answer as to why?

    My answer
    It's very simple. I said this 13 or so years ago at school after watching a tennis match. "Why can't we have a sensor in the ball, one in the cross bar that goes over the line, when the ball goes beyond the line, a light flashes behind the goal to say it went in".

    My coach at the time, lovely guy but had a way with words said, "Gino, you are a 16 year old who is 5'3, fat and don't know what you are talking about." My science teacher created a basic test, it worked.

    If you asked every football fan in the world "do you want a clear and efficient way, which leaves no plausible deniability that the ball went in?" they would say "Yes". I would stake my house on it.

    All we, as football fans want is a fair game. Tonight showed that. Yes Juve had probably an offside called against them that they shouldn't, and I am not asking to solve that question either. Offside is harder, can probably still be done by computers, but this, this is simple.

    I don't know if there is a global petition or something to have the technology. Or a company specialising in this equipment, but something needs to be done. If teams want fairness this is the way to do it.

    Finally, Mr Morris, I'm now 6'3, not fat, have completed more triathlons than I care to brag about and yes, maybe somewhere along the way I still haven't learnt anything, but times change, so let's change with it.

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