IT was perhaps fitting that Frank Lampard benefited from the latest in a long line of goal line gaffes.
For those of you that missed it, the Chelsea midfielder was awarded a crucial goal against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as his side re-ignited their charge for the Premier League title – although the entire ball did not cross the line.
Rewind 10 months or so and Lampard, then playing for England, was robbed of one of the best goals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, despite the ball clearly being over the line.
The Three Lions went on to lose 4-1 to Germany, but the ‘ghost goal’ will always be one of the abiding memories of the tournament.
Confused? I certainly am. Considering football is arguably the richest and most high-profile sport on the planet, it’s quite frankly ridiculous that technology is not yet used at the highest level.
Myself and the millions at home knew that Lampard’s strike on Saturday wasn’t a goal within five seconds of it actually happening.
Yet we still have to take the word of a linesman, who was 15 yards behind play, as gospel.
That’s no criticism of the official. How could he possibly know for sure that it was in? Even if he was up with play (Lampard’s shot was from 30 yards out), a huge white post and the goalkeeper would have been in his way. We’re talking inches here.
Technology has been successfully adopted by cricket, tennis and rugby, so why not football?
The argument appears to be that FIFA want the game to be the same from top to bottom. From Premier League to grass roots level. From Old Trafford to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. From Manchester United to Spalding United. You get my point.
If you use England as an example, goal line cameras should be used in the Premier League, Football League play-offs and the two major cup finals. Of course that goes for European and international fixtures too.
I’m not an advocate of using technology for every debatable decision, though. Whether a ball crosses the line is black and white and beyond question.
Leave it at that.
•I see John Higgins won the snooker world championship over the weekend – although I only found out when told by a colleague at work on Monday morning.
The Sheffield event was always one I looked out for on the sporting calendar, but for some reason snooker seems to have fallen down the sporting pecking order in recent years.