Soccer Needs Instant Replay
The federation governing international soccer joins a long list of international institutions --- NATO, the G-8, the UN Security Council, and the EU come readily to mind --- that need to be brought into the 21st century.
In “FIFA, Technophobia, and 21st Century Futbol,” my colleague Bob Manning argues that the federation governing international soccer joins “a long list of international institutions — NATO, the G-8, the UN Security Council, and the EU come readily to mind — that need to be brought into the 21st century.”
The money quote:
In the case of a hidebound FIFA, its technophobia comes at a high price for athletes and national teams who pour their souls into competing for their respective countries, only to be defeated through no fault of their own. Baseball is similarly conservative, but ultimately allowed video replays to determine home runs because of the impact on the game on getting it wrong. So far, FIFA will go no further than to consider adding a byline (goal line) referee or two. But the sidelines referee was there as England scored, and got it wrong. It should be obvious to FIFA that any outcome that is the result of officiating mistakes rather than the result of players efforts that can be avoided ought to be avoided if possible. How long will FIFA sustain its Luddite ways at the expense of the hope of justice for athletes who deserve no less?
More at the link.