I can totally understand the view of football romanticists and traditionalists that will see goal line technology as the beginning of the end of football as we know it. They are right, it is. The truth is that football has change to the extent that the game is faster and there is far, far greater consequences when officials get it wrong.
What will be lost?
1. The travesty of injustice that forms the topic of conversation uniting fans in their solace.
2. The reaction of the crowd that ignites an atmosphere in the ground adding to the drama and fueling the passion of fans when a contentious decision is made.
3. Equality – Not all leagues will be able to afford the technology. It will be a long time before we see GLT reach the lower and non league.
What will be gained?
1. Less or no mistakes for game changing decisions, at least, in major tournaments and top leagues where the steaks are high.
2. Less cause for decent among players and managers.
3. We won’t have to listen to Mark Lawrenson banging on about it anymore!
So we wait with baited breath for Goal Line Technology to be rolled out. There are two technologies that are due to be used in the FIFA Club World Cup, the well known Hawkeye that is used in Tennis and Cricket and GoalRef which uses sensors in the ball and goal.
So now the International Football Association Board (IFAB) have approved the introduction of Goal line technology will Michel Platini relax his view against it? Platini has a point with his reported fear that technology will spread to other parts of the game having a greater affect on the game.
For all the doubters, we have to give it a go, right. If it causes more problems than it solves then we can abandon it learn from the experience and make the case for something else. If it leads to other technology suggestions then they have to be taken on their own merits.
If Goal line technology is not given a chance we will never know. Bring it on!