FA u-turn on video technology

PHUKET: “Goal-line technology would be a huge boost for the game [football], and for years we’ve thought this was a good addition to a referee’s armory.”

So says Alex Horne, general secretary of the FA, and shocking and confusing are ways to describe his statement.

Let’s go back to a previous Phuket Gazette “quote of the day” posted on October 7, offered by the same gentleman.

“The introduction of goal line technology would hinder the game’s free flowing nature and undermine the referee’s authority.”

This begs belief. Within six weeks, the FA has reversed their attitude toward introducing technology that has helped other professional sports.

Granted, in that same opinion piece it was mentioned that even with arguments against the use of video in football, the FA were considering testing the idea in 2014.

Now, Mr Horne is suggesting that it all could be in place by next season – 2012/2013.

As an advocate for this advancement in the game of football, I am delighted that it will happen so soon.

However, in my opinion, the u-turn by the FA is a delayed reaction to an outcry from true football fans who wish the game to progress and not stagnate in a quagmire of corruption and double-standards. The sport needs proactive administration, not old men fearful of change while individual nations cower in their wake.

Another possible rationale for this contradiction may have something to do with Mr Blatter’s remarks on racism last week.

Blatter has continued his battle against the introduction of video technology, but following his latest outburst, maybe his iron-fisted grip on FIFA is finally weakening and individual football associations are now willing to speak out and contest the Swiss without fear of reprisal.

— Neil Quail

Phuket News

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