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Impact of Technology On Football In the United Kingdom
Of course we all have the memory of Frank Lampard’s ‘2nd’ goal against Germany in South Africa. Even further back there was also the interesting fact that in 2005 when Tottenham Hotspur were denied their first victory at Old Trafford since 1989 when Pedro Mendes’ shot from the half way line was cleared but Manchester United Goalkeeper, but not before it had crossed the line and had practically touched the back of the net, yet Mark Clattenburg failed to give the goal.
Technology has been absent in football for fears it would slow the game down. Yet when the likes of BBC and Sky Sports can get an instant replay of the goal only minutes after from TV footage it is obvious that technology has the capability to quickly and accurately tell if the ball has gone behind the goal line if positioned correctly around the grounds.
Strangely football is now one of the few sports in the UK that does not have any sort of technology that affects its gameplay. With officials still claiming that it will slow down the game like in rugby. However Hawk-Eye is being used in both Tennis and Cricket and is being used quickly and rapidly with almost no time being spent on assessing the situation. Most importantly it is also giving accurate results!
The idea of using technology is to help make decisions that are either too fast for human reactions, when referees are out of their position and cannot see what has happened or when officials are unsure what has happened and come under constant pressure from the players.
Problem with football is that officials where too scared to make to the jump into the technological pool like the rest of the sports. being scared that the game would be slowed down..
but when they finally make the jump only the big teams are able to make the jump.. surely this is dividing not only the teams by money and fans but also on technology too??
I guess there is never a thing where everyone is equal only winners and losers..