US Federation Open to Use Technology on field

The US soccer federation chief wants to have major league soccer experiment in order to reduce errors by officials present on field.

Against the contention of FIFA president Sepp Blatter who is opposed to the use of technology to retain the human element in the game, USSF president Sunil Gulati said that he would be willing to do some trail cases with an additional referee or technology without bringing any major change in the rules.

“He was outlining a system that he had in his own mind thought of which was very similar to the NFL system, with the obvious difference of continuous action. But a challenge system, if the challenge is upheld, then you retain,” Gulati was quoted saying.

Referring to the controversial shot by Frank Lampard in the England’s game against Germany, Gulati said that he received an email from someone about the shot that the replay showed clearly went over the goal line yet was not counted.

In the match against Germany, in the first half, Lampard had a shot at goal that bounced off the cross bar and from TV pictures seemed to pass the goal line. However, neither the referee nor the linesman saw it as a goal and the game continued. The final score was 4-1 loss, eliminating England from the world cup. Gulati quoted the e-mail as saying.”Referees haven’t gotten worse; technology has gotten a lot better.”

Another controversial issue is not having time on Stadium clock. The fact seems strange to many that out of billions watching the game only one knows when it is going to end.

Sports Vs Technology

The debate has embroiled almost every major sports event in the world and technology like video replays has been adopted to tackle most crucial decisions where human error is likely.

Some of the soccer VIPs like Brazil’s coach, Dunga supported Blatter’s stance when he said,” I would leave it the way it is. If there is no controversy in football, you wouldn’t be there and I wouldn’t be here.”

But it seems that Blatter’s resistance is earning worldwide criticism for him with some major players and associations opposing his stance. The FIFPro which represents pro players’ worldwide demand that referee should get the access to all required technology. It said that FIFA’s stubborn insistence is surprising when the whole credibility of the sport is at stake. German striker Miroslav Klose even suggested adopting a technology in which we can have a chip in the ball that sends a signal to the referee’s ear or beep.

But among all the controversy FIFA has hoped that that the issue would be put to rest because it would be infeasible to commission any technological experiments citing the financial constraints of 208 FIFA member.

Perhaps Sepp Blatter and FIFA should take a leaf out of the book of US federation and accept the use of video playback technology during match so that the credibility and appeal of the game remains intact.

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