Blatter: goal-line technology a 'necessity’ after England win

Jun 20, 2012
Jonathan Harwood

But are fans right to brand Blatter hypocritical? He apologised in 2010 and GLT is almost here

SEPP BLATTER has once again infuriated England football fans by declaring that goal line technology is now a "necessity" after Ukraine were denied a goal against England at Euro 2012 last night.

Twitter was ablaze with accusations of hypocrisy after the head of football's governing body voiced his support for GLT. Many claimed that Blatter only wanted technology because England had benefited from the error, and argued that the Swiss was unconcerned when England had a legitimate goal ruled out in the World Cup against Germany in 2010.

Last night's 'ghost goal' was less clear cut than Frank Lampard's effort in South Africa, but the referee, linesman and an official stationed on the goal line for just that purpose all still failed to spot that Marco Devic's deflected shot had crossed the line before it was acrobatically hooked clear by defender John Terry.

Ukraine manager Oleg Blokhin was incandescent with rage afterwards, and even asked one reporter during the post-match press conference to step outside for a "man conversation".

In the aftermath of the rumpus Blatter announced to his followers on Twitter: "After last night's match #GLT is no longer an alternative but a necessity."

Blatter became a trending topic on Twitter today as fans queued up to comment on his pronouncement, and most appeared to take a dig at the 76-year-old. Music DJ Plastician commented: "As soon as England get a stroke of goal line luck, Sepp Blatter decides its time for goal line technology as a 'Necessity'."

Even the Daily Mirror got involved, telling Blatter: "You weren't so fussed in South Africa 2010."

However some of the criticism may be a little harsh. In 2010 Blatter did actually apologise for the German goal and insisted that it was time to "re-open the file of technology" as a result.

Unfortunately the matter was left off the agenda of the next meeting of international football bodies, much to the chagrin of the English, but since then there have been moves to introduce the technology, and there were trials at England's friendly with Belgium before Euro 2012.

The man who comes out looking worst is Uefa president Michel Platini, who is against technology and before the game had insisted that thanks to the goal line judges, officials now "see everything".

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