Capello and Lampard call for goal-line technology
World Cup Fever: England clutch at straws after ref’s blunder in Germany game
Reeling from their humiliating 4-1 defeat by Germany yesterday, England have called for goal-line technology to be introduced after a goal that would have let them equalise was wrongly disallowed.
England were trailing by two goals before Matthew Upson reduced their deficit to one with a smart header in the 37th minute. Moments after Upson's goal Frank Lampard smashed a pile-driver from outside the box that rebounded off the crossbar into the goal before bouncing back out, but the officials ruled that the ball never went over the line.
After the game, Lampard hit-out at FIFA's reluctance to bring in video technology: "I think it is time to bring in goal-line technology. We had a meeting before the World Cup when we were told about a million different rule changes that hardly affect the game. The big one, the one that affects the game today, hasn't been brought in so it is a no-brainer."
Fabio Capello agreed, saying: "It's incredible that in a time of technology, the referees aren't capable of deciding if there has been a goal or not. The match could have been different after this goal."
Aside from appeasing players and coaches, video replays would also be beneficial for referees who can be subjected to sustained abuse when they get important decisions wrong.
Tom Henning Ovrebo, who refereed Chelsea's Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, received death threats from Chelsea fans after he failed to award them a clear-cut penalty which would have seen them progress to the final.
Was yesterday's blunderer, Jorge Larrionda of Uruguay, anxious he might face a similar fate? Watching the replay of Lampard’s disallowed goal, he was heard to gasp: "Oh my God!" ·
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