I’ve said for a long time that FIFA needs a total rebuild, but not being in the privileged position of being able to take back-handers and under the table payments pretty much excuses me from being able to do anything – much the same as any other football fan.
Personally now with Blatter semi-stepping down, those in the background should be looking at bringing the game in to the 21st century and utilizing technology to get shot of the on field cheats so when Blatter finally leaves, the game itself will be in a stronger place.
For years I’ve said things like goal line technology was needed, as is a video ref and a great case in point for a video ref would be Thierry Henry’s blatant handball for France against the Republic of Ireland – a game France won. Now after the calls for handball from the Irish players the captain should have had the right to call for a video ref to double check – he (the video ref) would only see what the rest of the world saw, a player blatantly cheating. A video ref could be used for divers, along with other attempts at cheating, VIDEO DOESN’T LIE!
Would a video ref be of any use in football? Well rugby league seems to thinks so, rugby union seems to think so, even tennis has technology to sort out line ball issues, FIFA (or is it just Blatter) in its wonderous gilded cage is oblivious to the fact that SOMETHING needs to be done aside from lining their own pockets.
Do I think a video ref will see the light of day in football? Fat bloody chance, there are too many dinosaurs running FIFA, the FA, FAW, etc etc.
Can’t be much simpler than the title, blatant un-challenged hand ball’s from Brazilian’s, some of the most appalling referring I’ve ever seen as far as decisive send offs etc etc. To be quite honest, I am so over the world cup now and I was really looking forward to it but there’s just been too many momentous cock-ups.
As far as I’m concerned, this is how it should be run; standard rules (obviously) but no ref’s from participating countries and give the captains of each team three opportunities per game to contest suspect issues and have a video ref decide on whether or not the field ref’s decision should be overturned on the spot. Brazil’s handball in todays game would have been disallowed, Kewell’s send off would have probably resulted in a card not a send off etc etc etc.
Time to get with the program FIFA – you’re starting to lose the REAL fan base. What would you prefer, them or the fans (and I use the word loosely) who spend their time pissed, throwing stuff and being generally abusive. Oh wait what am I saying. FIFA are only in it “for the money!!”
Oh and don’t get me started on them f***ing vuvuwhatsits – I’d rather hear the crowd chanting not some mass marketed annoyance.