Vital Football

Latest Southampton FC News

Southampton Legend Calls For Technology

Southampton Legend Calls For Technology

Fortyfour years ago Terry was a member of the World Cup winning England team. He was there when Geoff Hurst scored that controversial goal in the final against Germany.

Of that goal he said he thought it had crossed the line and said that this was highlighted more by the reaction of fellow striker Roger Hunt.

Instead of putting the ball into the net himself he just turned away as he started celebrating the goal. He was perfectly placed to make sure but obviously didn't feel it necessary.

Frank Lampsrd had a good goal disallowed because the officials said it had not crossed the line in June and this brought howls from England supporters.

Right or wrong, the decisions in games are made with the element of human error pencilled in. This was admitted by Sepp Blatter when he admitted that it would be nonsense not to open discussion on the use of the technology.

This simple statement after the World Cup made it seem we were on the brink of becoming a fairer decision making format.

Michel Platini though has said that such usage would would lead to Playstation football. He says he prefers the Champions League format of using and extra pair of eyes at each end of the pitch.

Legend Paine disagrees and has said that with the modern game being so quick now it is virtually impossible for a single referee to monitor all of the action accurately.

I agree fully and have been surprised by the way the use of technology has failed to materialise.

Paine also says that with 20 plus cameras at the games in todays games it is not surprising that errors are highlighted over and over again.

The mistakes get exposure on a daily basis and quite often a blatant decision incorrectly given can fuel anger among both players and fans alike.

Saints like other clubs have had decisions go for and against them and these decisions usually cause anger from the victims fans.

FIFA scrapped technology experiments in 2008, having decided that Hawkeye innovation was unsuitable for the game of football.

Now it appears that there is room for optimism as The International Football Association Board, which is FIFA's rulemaking division, has asked for the technology companies to present their ideas by the end of November.

Perhaps just perhaps this is the beginning of the start we wish for. It seems that any systems will have been tested by the time of the March meeting of the IFAB.

This meeting will hopefully be able to discuss how and when any implementation should and can be begin.

Terry Paine has said that personally he has called for the use of the technical equipment to help eradicate some of the really poor decisions. He has said that the time is right and that the usage is long overdue.

I agree.

Join Vital Saints

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:SFC Forever
Date:Sunday October 31 2010
Time: 10:10AM


I find the whole thing amazing. FIFA have access to a way forward but the doddering, bumbling old fools can't get their heads round it.
31/10/2010 11:25:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Southampton Articles

Match Day Officials v Sunderland (26/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Sunderland this Wednesday.

Audio - Puel On City Draw

Manager Claude Puel has been giving his thoughts following a good point away to Manchester City on Sunday.

Stats: Manchester City v Southampton

All the stats from Manchester City (1) vs (1) Southampton, Etihad Stadium, 23/10/16 Att: 53,731

Vital View - Premier League, 22nd-23rd October

Manchester City continue to lead the way ahead of Arsenal. Hull dropped into the bottom three with Swansea and Sunderland below them.

Archived Vital Saints Articles

Vital Saints articles from

Site Journalists

SFC Forever
no email
Vital Saint
Editor email
Matt Gardner
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Southampton v Sunderland
Suggested By:
Southampton win0%
Sunderland win0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Southampton Results (view all)

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Oct 26 2016 7:45PM : Sunderland (H)
Capital One Cup
Oct 30 2016 4:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 2:15PM : Hull City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 27 2016 4:30PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Vital Football Comment