During last weekend’s Bundesliga tie between Hamburg and Mainz we saw yet another reason to add video technology to the beautiful game. We saw a goal courtesy of Marcell Jansen that should never have been allowed. 18 minutes had barely passed before we saw the incident. A Mladen Petric cross was deflected into Jansen’s path and his resulting volley cannoned off the bar before bouncing off the underside of the bar back out into play. Many would believe on first viewing that this was a genuine goal but on closer inspection it looks as if the ball never actually crossed the line as it rebounded off the underside of the crossbar. Mainz players protested but it was to no avail as Hamburg were awarded the goal with calls for FIFA to bring in video technology at an all time high.
Mainz players were left cursing their luck after that quite unfortunate lead given against them but it didn’t matter in the end as Mainz ran out eventual 4-2 winners.
This is what Sepp Blatter had to say regarding FIFA’s involvement in goal-line technology last Saturday:
“If it works definitely, the board will say yes to technology. If the board says yes, there should be no problem to have it in 2014.”
20-bloody-14? Are you serious? By the time that year rolls around Mario Balotelli will be in full flow in his quest to become football’s most egotistical ass**** and there’ll be more fury than ever directed at FIFA. They’ll also face a lifetime of being hated by the footballing community which y’no would suit them considering they’re already hated as much as Jose Mourinho.