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Extra referees for World Cup 2010 but no video technology!

November 24, 2009


Sepp Blatter has called an emergency meeting with FIFA’s executive committee; with the controversy surrounding the Republic of Ireland’s play-off elimination by France  said to be top of the agenda. Also in this meeting they will discuss the recent arrests across Europe by officers investigating corruption in football and the violence that marred Egypt’s play-off encounter with Algeria in Cairo, in which the Algeria team bus was stoned.

We all know that Blatter and UEFA president Platini remain strongly opposed to the introduction of video technology and it seems the trial of the two extra referees in the Europa League games is going to be introduced into the World Cup next year. The two extra referees are placed behind the goals and there is no doubt that had there being an official behind the goal last week then Henry’s goal would have been disallowed.

I admit it’s not as good as having video technology but maybe it’s a start right? Or is it all a publicity stunt for now to let us think they are doing something about it as this idea still has to pass through the approval stage.

The meeting will take place in Cape Town on December 2nd 2009.



5 Comments leave one →
  1. maserati4200 permalink
    November 24, 2009 2:44 pm

    I suspect the objection to video technology is the perceived interruption and delay whilst each incident is analysed and decided upon by the video judge(s). I agree that such a scenario would affect the flow of the game etc.

    The solution:

    Allow play to continue, in the form of an extension to the current and accepted “advantage rule”, whilst the video judge(s) check out the incident. If an offence was committed, said judge(s) advise the ref by radio and play is called back. The incident is then replayed on the big screen – if one exists in the stadium in question – in order to explain the ruling.


  2. June 15, 2010 7:20 am

    There are so many delays with injuries anyway, free kicks, corners, etc, I think a few more delays to get the fundamental decisions right, wouldn’t make a difference to the flow of the game, the technology is now used in most other major sports at the top level, with great effect. I don’t think it would be practical to use the technology for every decision, (every offside, every foul) but surely in this day and age you must be able to clarify the main objective of the game, did the ball actually cross the goal line!

  3. teresita de la madriz permalink
    June 27, 2010 8:12 pm

    Can you please tell me this,how many referees a World Cup Game 2010


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