The use of goal line technology is being debated in many forums by football fans. First used officially in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup and most recently in the just concluded Confederations cup in Brazil, this technology helps referees determine whether the ball has completely crossed the goal line.
This technology is set to be used for the first time in the 2013-14 Premier League Season, and there is anticipation that it will help reduce refereeing errors. These errors are sometimes too costly such as Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal which proved costly for England against Germany in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
But in as much as there are many proponents of this technology, the lingering question is whether it will help to improve the game. The critics of this technology are bolstered by the fact that there were no incidences which required the use of the technology in the 2013 Confederations Cup where it was being used.
The instances where this technology is used are usually few and far between. What brings about many contentious decisions that called for technology to be used in football are questionable handballs and fouls committed in the penalty area which lead to penalties. These are much more frequent and are more costly that the determination of whether a ball crossed the goal line.
The decisions from these handballs and fouls lead to yellow cards and red cards, which have a big impact on a match and even subsequent matches. A red carded player for example can miss either one or three games while two yellow cards lead to someone being red carded and missing one game. In the 2012-13 Premier League Season, there were 52 red cards and uncountable yellow cards. Stoke city alone, as a club, had 78 yellow cards. 4 players, Luis Suarez, Craig Gardner, Bradley Johnson and Matthew Lowton each had 10 yellow cards.
There are also times when players foul others and these fouls are either not spotted or they are awarded a lesser or harsher punishment than is deserved. A player who injures another can for example get a yellow card or go scot-free instead of getting a red card. A player can also fake an injury and lead to another player getting yellow carded or red carded unjustly.
All of these are instances which cannot be addressed by goal line technology. It is therefore plain to see that goal line technology alone cannot help to eradicate the issues which necessitated the use of technology in football in the first place.