Football history reports numerous episodes where referee faults ruined the aspirations of teams and entire nations.
In 1966, England received its first and only football world cup at the expense of Germany and thanks to a referee error which granted Geoff Hurst a goal that never happened. In the last football world cup in South Africa 2010, another referee error didn’t count a goal from Frank Lampard against Germany. This goal could have made the difference in a competed match which ended in favour of Germany.
After years of debate, the FIFA decided to implement technology that will allow to know with total security if a ball entered or not in the goal. The match between Ukraine and England in the last Eurocup 2012, when one of the hosts was eliminated because of a referee’s fault decision, it seems that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Until then rejection of technology, with the legendary Michel Platini as main exponent, had more support than pro-technology backed by Joseph Blatter.
Finally, justice and the truth prevailed as an argument against the desire to accept referee fault decisions as part of any human process. Tests with different techno logies took place soon after that.
The FIFA recognises, with this important decision, a theme we stand for as a business, the automation minimises the impact of human errors and eliminates all personal discretion in high risk tasks.
We greet the FIFA decision with approval.