In all honesty, if we introduce goal-line technology then what will we spend our week ranting about? The weekend’s action is what provides us with a whole week material to mull over at our desks, local’s or even on Facebook!
While I sit here on the train to London I am reading an article on why video technology should be brought in to aid decisions like the tackle on Aaron Ramsey, Birmingham’s ‘goal’ at Portsmouth and even close call offside decisions.
Now, unless this journalist has a plan b up his sleeve, the introduction of these would no longer provide him, or other journalists, with any form of debate or content for their columns. While match reports and transfer rumours fill up the majority of our sports pages, it is the controversy columns that I tend to look for. In fact, the weekend’s example at Portsmouth provided a perfect example, not of why we should use goal-line technology, but of how much we love when it happens. Page after page, column after column, the papers have been full of debate.
Is there anything better than sitting around a pub table with like-minded football fans debating whether it was a goal, who should have been sent off, or whether the linesman has been paid off. If video technology comes in, there will be no more of these conversations.
Take Rugby or Cricket. The use of video evidence means there is nothing to debate other than tactics, team selection or individual performances. Not only is this fairly mundane it also leaves journalists praying for a drug scandal or fake injury (not as common as the last year might suggest). They may provide good reading at the time but they are hardly likely to pop up every other weekend.
So maybe I’m being a little naive. Maybe I need to be on the receiving end of a wrong decision. Maybe my team should lose a cup quarter final amid a dodgy decision. I understand the pain but I’m still slightly opposed to video use in football. Even though the thought of cheerleaders to pass the time might be good, I don’t think I’d enjoy waiting for 5th or 6th referee’s to come to a collective decision having watched a video. It is the non-stop action that makes football so appealing to us. If we introduce a referral system then it could take away some of the pace of the game.
So, as journalists all over the country argue for video technology to come in to play, they should wonder what else they will be able to write about if every match fails to provide them with any controversial decisions. Not only will it be the decisions we lose, but also the reactions of the managers. We love a good rant and Neill Warnock has provided a compilation of his own solely based of refereeing decisions. Secondly the FA must love the income their fines generate. Anyone considered that might be something that is holding them back?
I guess I’m not the only one who is slightly opposed to the whole idea. What do you think?