Technology in Soccer


More soccer has yet to be played, but the incredibly stupid calls we have witnessed these past couple of days makes it clear that it is time to bring FIFA into the 20th, if not the 21st, century.

While all stadium goers can see the jumbo screens with replay, t.v. fans can see hours of replay, and FIFA officials sit in their boxes with replay, the blind referees on the field are not allowed to look up and watch the screen to see what really happened.

All it takes is one official watching a small replay screen to help the ref decide the accuracy of a call, whether it be a goal or a penalty decision.

FIFA saying that technology has no place in refereeing is like the Pope dismissing claims of clerical abuse of young bys as “petty gossip”.  Both positions are reprehensible and deserve wide scrutiny by the public.

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