Shaf De Bass
Registered: May 2002
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The inevitable is almost here
...FIFA, the game’s governing body, at last gave the go-ahead for trials of two goal-line technologies. These could be introduced as early as the turn of the year in the English Premier League. The first system is Hawk-Eye, which is owned by Sony and is already familiar to fans of tennis and cricket. It uses cameras to track the path of the ball. The second, GoalRef, a German invention, uses a sensor in the ball and in the goal posts to see if it has crossed.
...some worry that, now the game has crossed its technological Rubicon, the call for more intrusive hi-tech rulings will become irresistible, such as video replays to decide penalties or offsides.
...had technology been used in Ukraine’s case, the wrong decision would have been made. Although the ball did cross the line, the assistant referee had already missed an obvious offside.
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