Entire world sees the goal except…..

I like to watch World Cup football, especially when certain teams are playing and the game is shown not  too late at night.

One such match was Germany -England  last night.

It was certainly a good match especially the first half, when the play was fluid and fast and you probably see European football at its best in the first half of the game.

Germany won the match 4-1, but by half time the score was 2-1, and in actual fact, it should be a 2-2 score at half time. A goal that was clearly a goal was not considered a goal by the referee  who did not see the goal went into the goal, even when the whole world saw the goal hit the ground past the goal line.


(I saw it with my eyes, Rooney gestured to the man-in-blue)

(sorry, my back was facing the goalpost ! )

I am no  supporter of England and Germany  ( My old favourite was French which was no more my favourite after Zidane retired, and now I support Brazil and Netherland), but in football, had the tie been 2-2 , it could be another ball game altogether in the second half.

It is a bad call. Football refereeing is still in its medieval archaic form. Even Badminton, a minor sports, has assigned officials to watch the lines, why can’t they do it in football. Or use one of the modern technology, like a palm size monitor where the referee can immediately replay and see what was the real situation, without stopping the match for too long.

ALmost every World Cup, there were bad calls by referees, which were actually not entirely their fault since no one person can really cover the whole field. He needs more helpers, and technology is now readily available to reduce this sort of poor calls.

FiFA as an organisation should be responsible for making sure that this sort of happening be minimised, by the use of modern technology.

I hope after this game, FIFA would start to adopt technology to help their officials…and make it more precise and fair.

Even the German goalkeeper admitted that he knew it was a goal and he tried to fool the referee ..read here. ( I suspect if it was George Washington– who admitted cutting down the cherry tree– he would have told the referee that it was a goal..See how the world has come a long way since the days of our forefathers).

How about this article: Entire world sees the equaliser except the referee.


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CYC
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 09:55:10

    England is the most overrated team. They deserve to lose even if without this controversial goal. Malaysians supported them is just due to familiarity with EPL. England emphasized too much on physique rather than strategies or tactics.

    No hard feeling ya, England fans out there.


  2. Ramesh Laxman
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 10:07:48

    That guy sitting at the top of FIFA is 80 years old and has no clue of the technology available in this day and age to get thing right. This has been going on for sometime and he has been fighting tooth and nail to keep the TV out. Now with this incident, I am afraid the we will not be able to see the next wWorld Cup live.


  3. klm
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 11:11:31

    Where is the sportsmanship? It does not exist anymore int this world.


  4. Taikohtai
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 11:24:19

    Germany will NOT win the cup…………….Kamma works in mysterious ways :).
    BRAZIL is my tip.


  5. Dr Hsu
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 11:46:04

    KLm & Taikohtai
    If the goalkeeper admitted to the referee that it was a goal, and Germany still went on to beat England, he would be hailed world’s most honest man and a hero… Instead he would be remembered like Maradonna who handballed a goal in 1986, again against England. England must be the most cursed team…


  6. daffodils
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 13:57:58

    Exactly he acknowleged the fact that the ball crossed the line but kept quiet about it. It was a dishonest act and he played dumb. It’s cheating.

    One cannot exactly pinpoint the blame on the referee. He refered to the linesman before making a decision. From where he stood I dont think he can exactly see whether the ball crossed the line or not.


  7. clearwater
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 17:40:14

    The German goalkeeper is a cheat. I hope he fumbles badly in his next game. Soccer is now a gentleman’s game played and coached by cynical people. The pressure of winning has turned the beautiful game inside out.


  8. disgusted
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 17:53:40

    ha, haaaa, I am no football fan but looks like soccer is fast becoming like sleazy politics, yes, the football is in but the goal post has shifted perceptively.

    Football politics is on? Malaysian style political soccer


  9. CYC
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 17:57:27

    Agreed with Ramesh, modern technology should be used to do the job beyond human capability. Tennis is a good example where service call is determined by using digital recorder.

    Referee should not be blamed.


  10. Nick
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 22:58:23

    In cricket, a run-out caused by a player not getting back to the crease line before the ball hits the wicket is a “fine” line. The umpire will signal to the 3rd umpire who will take a few seconds by watching replays using slow-motion TV replays and will announce his decisions with red or green buttons. In rugby, same thing is being deployed. Only god knows why football is not switching to modern aids. Referees are only human and perhaps they are “affected ” by the occasions. The only good thing out of this fiasco is that I almost certain now that in years to come, modern refereeing for football will use some of this new ideas. I support the English team. A 2-2 at half-time would be an entirely different complexion but because Eng had to chase a deficit, the game became too open and Gernmany exploited that. Never mind, I hope the Argies will kill them in the next round. I am placing US$ 10000 on Argentina. Where is Vincent Tan’s Ascott ?


  11. iamyuanwu
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 05:39:10

    The technology is already available and in use in many other games (e.g. american football). Whenever there’s argument, the referee simply walks to the side and watch a replay on a screen to confirm.

    This year’s world cup seem to be affected by an exceptional amount of refereeing mistakes. It’s a pain to watch World Cup.


  12. Jim
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 10:10:43

    ask fifa ro kick the referee as this is a seious offence


  13. CYC
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 17:40:16

    England is just like BN, old,outdated yet living in their glorious past thinking they still fit to occupy the top seat. But sorry lah, this is football and not golf where handicap rule applies. They are not as fortunate as UMNO where they set their own rules to ensure victory.

    We are talking about knowledge economy now. Therefore, one must use brain and not merely physical strength. John Barnes got it right : EPL is the best football league in the world because many world great players (from other countries) played in the league. You can’t be dreaming you are great just because EPL is great.

    Team spirit and mental strength put Germany through in many occasions. Japan and South Korean too possessed the same positive traits.

    A joke to share :

    Italy = Toyota . Need total recall.
    France = BP. Just idle and let the problem grows.
    England = Penicillin . Indicates danger abound and solution needed urgently.

    This football tournament teaches us a good lesson. Believe in yourself and be united, u can crash the mightier opponent because they are actually not as good as they seemed to be.


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