FIFA president Sepp Blatter (pictured left showing off his footballing skills) has all but ruled out the introduction of video replays, saying he would never allow matches to be halted as long as he remained the most powerful figure in world football.
Whether he actually said that he was the most powerful figure in world football is debatable. Anyway…
Speaking at the Soccerex conference in Dubai, Blatter said instant goal-line technology could be used within a year. Instead of adopting video replays, he prefers either a ball with a microchip inside it or a behind-the-goal camera linked to a computer… but he would never permit other match decisions being analysed the same way.
Revealing that goal-line technology would be ready for introduction at
the Club World Championship in Tokyo in December 2007 following further
experimentation, Blatter added: "I am only talking about goal-line
technology here. We have to help referees and have correct control but
we must never stop the match with videos or monitors to look at what
Blatter’s remarks will be a blow to the Premier League, who are
lobbying FIFA to consider the use of video technology which is supported by a large
majority of top-flight managers and coaches following a spate of highly
contentious refereeing decisions.
The International FA Board, the game’s lawmakers, meet next March in
Manchester but Blatter made it clear they will more than likely reject
all calls for video replays.
"It would take away the spontaneity and fascination of our game; we
must keep football with a human face," said Blatter.
"As long I am president, it will only be goal-line technology. Until I
am no longer president, there will be no chance (for video replays)."
A puzzling thing about this is that most rules that have been implemented have come to the fore because they are applicable at all levels. It would seem that the top clubs are now being spoiled with this as it implies that lower down the leagues, the results aren’t as important. Let’s hope that this will never have implications on someone fighting to stay in the football league or something similar.
Blatter also repeated his call for Europe’s richest clubs to stop