Technology and modern football
It was perhaps apposite that Manchester City provided the opponents and talking points on the deficiencies on the laws of the game. After all, it was Dzeko involved in the first case of goal-line technology correctly determining a goal this season. And yet, the game still suffers from an inability for humans to accurately adjudicate the modern game.
Tonight's game was a clear case in point. Irrespective of anything else, including the oft repeated mantra by mouth-breathing pundits that Man City would have won anyway, and were deserved victors, two decisions by one official, both incorrect, had an influence on the game, and could have been remedied by technology in seconds, TO GET THE RIGHT DECISION, as is currently accepted with goal-line technology.
It is curious that offside and penalty area tackles elicit a ho-hum approach from the experts. It would appear that unless it is something so simple as the ball crossing the line, they are not prepared to commit themselves for fear of looking even more stupid than they sound, and skirt around the issue, making sympathetic noises, like Blatter PR people during FIFA election time.
If football wishes to remain credible in the eyes of an increasing audience, made sophisticated by all-seeing cameras, super-slow-mo etc, then it has to reconcile all this with the hapless saps who who make the decisions, and have to deal with football as if it were still 1950 and not 2014.
Written by 5thcolumnist