Goal-Line Technology

The English were deprived of a goal in the second round of World Cup 2010 against Germany.

There is an ongoing debate between soccer fans about utilizing goal-line technology. We must keep in mind the importance of introducing these technologies. In a second round game in World Cup 2010, England was deprived of a goal that was clearly over the line. At the end of the 1st half, Frank Lampard kicked the ball from just outside the penalty area which hit the crossbar. It then bounced down into the goal, and spined back into the hands of Manuel Neuer, the Germany goalkeeper. Although in replays, the ball was seen to have crossed the goal-line by more than a foot, referee Jorge Larrionda was unable to call it a goal. Germany later went on to win the game with a score of 4-1, but if the goal had been called, it could have easily changed the outcome of the game. With a 2-2 score, England would have been more hopeful and could have scored more goals by the end of the game. After this event, FIFA tried to fix the problem by having goal-line referees stand on each side of the goal. This too proved to be ineffective. In Ukraine’s last group stage game against England in Euro Cup 2012, history evidently repeated itself. After Wayne Rooney’s goal, Ukraine was denied an equalizer against England when Marko Devic’s shot was kicked from inside the goal by English defender John Terry. Even with referees standing right at the goal-line, they did not see the goal. After watching replays, it was concluded that there was daylight between the ball and the line, but the score stayed put and the goal was still not given to the Ukrainians. Although many traditionalists argue that we must stick to the way the game was played for so many years, it is not fair to deprive any team of a goal that they deserved.

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Dan Gitelman

Founder of FutbolPulse.com. Avid football fan & supporter of Bayern Munich as well as the USMNT. Have a passion for writing & the beautiful game!