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Would technology in football ruin a passionate sport?  Should it be limited to goal line technology only?

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Patrick Vieira 
Asked at 2011.03.01 02:12:25

answer avintrouble  Answered at 2011.03.01 02:12:25
For a start, the cost of implementing any technology into football would be huge. While the top tier of football may be able to afford it, and maybe even the next division down, how would the lower divisions foot the bill? Many smaller professional football clubs struggle to pay their bills as it is, never mind the non-league, semi-pro and even amateur teams.

"What about the smaller teams? I don't think we need them to introduce things like video replays", I imagine people saying. But why not? To my eye, the beauty of the beautiful game lies in the fact that it is the one of the few perfect competitive activities, the ideal level playing field. Anyone can play, and turn their individual traits into a strength on the pitch. You don't have to be tall like in basketball, you don't have to be big and strong like in rugby or especially fast like a sprinter. All these things can be helpful, but anyone can play at some level, and be part of a competitive team.

This feeling of everyone playing the same game, regardless of their own skill is the main factor in having so many amateur teams turning out every weekend. People feel as though they are playing the same game as the blokes they see on the TV.

If you begin to alter the intrinsic nature of the game itself, for example, letting a man in a booth decide whether there has been an infringement on the pitch, you will find the game begins to move out of reach of the parks footballer. Not to mention the decades of dodgy refereeing decisions that have made legends of players. As an englishman, I will never forget the part the Russian linesman played in the 1966 World Cup final, or the unpunished handball by Diego Maradona. But these things will even themselves out over a long enough time span.

I feel sorry for the players and managers who feel they have had their careers affected by bad refereeing, but if you count the bad and good decisions up, I doubt any one player, team or manager has suffered a significantly higher proportion of bad ones.

Instead of costly video setups, why not just have a couple more officials at each game? A second linesman on each touchline (one for each corner of the pitch effectiveley) would eliminate the blind spots that occur when players get in the way, and give an instant second opinion on whether the ball has crossed the line or not. This measure could be implemented at any level, as all you need to do is rope in an extra couple of mates, not have a six camera instant replay rig.
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