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Retain the Passion

The clamour for technology in football is reaching fever pitch.

Not a weekend goes by without the suggestion that a video referee could make a better judgement call than the man on the spot.

Television programmes like Match of the Day and Sky's Goals on Sunday dissect decisions by the officials in minute detail. Was he offside? Was it a sending off? Did that ball go over the line?

Driving this analysis is the ability of technology itself. It wants, even demands, a place in the nation’s game. Cameras placed at various places in the stadium can see what the referee and his officials can't. They're not obscured by participants or influenced by player or crowd reactions. And crucially, the camera never lies.

Goal line technology, such as the Hawkeye system used at Wimbledon, will instantly inform the referee that the ball has crossed the line, avoiding, say, the unfair decision to cancel out a fair goal in the South African World Cup by Frank Lampard. Or even the goal that should have been awarded against Bolton at the Reebok stadium recently. Even this years FA Cup Semi Final between Chelsea and Spurs threw up a glaring discrepancy between decision and actuality. There are many examples, most notably England's World Cup goal against West Germany in 1966.

Forcing the inevitable inclusion of this master technology though, undoubtedly, is the mighty pound, euro and dollar. Money talks! And don't underestimate it; it argues forcefully. Never has anything in history driven so roughly over the human spirit the way that money has. It is, as they say, the root of all evil.

Since the advent of TV money, primarily through Sky, the Premier League and Champions League clubs have chased the glory of success with a financial abandon that only foreigners with bank balances the size of whole countries, or massive clubs that can generate income way above the norm, can compete at the top.

Just look at the Premier League, 'invented' in 1992. Since its inception only 4 teams have won the competition. Manchester United, Blackburn, Arsenal and Chelsea. Proof if any were needed that only the rich prosper. What about Blackburn, I hear you say. Remember, at the time of winning the Premier League they had the Jack Walker millions backing them up.

So, what about the impact on the game once technology is introduced? First, what technology? At the moment goal-line technology is being proposed. FIFA are testing two models now and one of them will probably be in operation by the start of the next Premier League season. These systems appear to give the referee an instant reaction to a goal being scored, probably via the buzzer he already wears. Consequently, no decision is being made by the officials. The awarding of a goal will ultimately be given over to a 'machine'. I'm sure the football fraternity, including its sometimes sheep-like supporters, will be happy with that in the short term. Until, of course, there's a failure of the system. Is that not bound to happen at some point? Computer failure, and all that. It can't be discounted. Could games be delayed or even cancelled if the computer geeks employed to oversee these installations can't get them to work? Where will the game go then?

Of course, we know where it will go.

Cameras and more cameras around the stadium filming in minute detail what is happening on the pitch. We accept now that the TV companies can show us fouls that the referee can't see, goals that the naked eye couldn't possibly detect, and off-sides that the linesman just cannot determine.

But are we ready for the inclusion of these means to determine outcomes?

Football is not cricket. It isn't Ice Hockey or American Football, or even Rugby League, where gaping holes in play occur regularly. Football is a game where there is urgency, even a frenetic approach to play where a millisecond of time could jeopardise the awarding of a penalty, a booking, a sending off or even a goal.

As fans we have to ask ourselves: are we happy for the interruptions that video replays will inevitably bring? Do we really want to question the integrity of the officials? Do we want television companies running our national game? And what role will the officials ultimately have?

You probably know the answer to some of those questions already. But there will be more questions popping up once the decision to use cameras has been taken.

And there's what I like to call the 'football experience' to consider.

A football game doesn't just last 90 minutes. It is a continuous event, something non football fans don't understand. Once you are hooked on football it is a way of life. The ramifications of a win here, or a draw there, are dissected with a surgeon’s scalpel throughout the season and beyond. For some, fighting for championships is a regular occurrence, for others it's more daunting events like staving off relegation. Many an argument has been had over a pint about teams, performances by players and officials, manager’s abilities, in fact an abundance of topics. These discussions are what help to drive the sport. The ideas, thoughts and differences keep the fans involved. It's the lifeblood of the sport.

Once the technology arrives much of what drives the fans forward will disappear. Discussions about off-sides, sending offs and the like will become a thing of the past. We will have the surety of the camera to sanitise the event. In fact, there will be nothing to discuss. It will be as bland as an unseasoned vindaloo. The fans will evacuate the terraces in there droves.

What we need to do is row back a little. Think about what we want from the game. As fans we are not worried about turnovers in the club accounts. We're not concerned about how many shirts a foreign player can shift in a far off market. What we are interested in is the cut and thrust of a fast flowing traditional English game. We want our team to outplay the opposition. If they don't we'll argue the toss in the pub later.

One of the most important ingredients of a fair game is the officials. We, as a family of football fanatics, have to regain a sense of perspective when it comes to the referee and their assistants. They are human and they are doing a very difficult job. What's making their job more difficult is the constant barrage of abuse they are subjected to. We have to trust them. If you will, we have to return to a more gentlemanly approach, treat them with respect. They deserve it. Understand there are mistakes and that they are genuine. Don't lambaste someone for getting a split second decision wrong. Understand and empathise.

Above all, what we have to do is realise that this game of ours is played by humans, and refereed by humans for the benefit of humans to enjoy. It’s important in this world of technology that's driven by the mighty Buck that the human factor is maintained and championed. It's the lifeblood of many a community, so let's not lose its ownership to money and technology.

All we ask is that you retain the passion and excitement in your soul for the game that it has always had.

 

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