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FIFA and Technology

Football World Cup 2010 has seen many wrong decisions. Previous Football World Cups also had wrong decisions. FIFA had refused to use technology to correct referee’s mistakes and that has caused injustice to many players and teams. Goals are allowed or disallowed wrongly, red cards are shown when no foul is committed, penalty kick is awarded when a player falls without anyone touching him.

Sepp Blatter continues to oppose use of technology. After England’s second goal against Germany was disallowed and Germany defeated England 4-1 David Cameron called for use of technology in football. Cricket, hockey and tennis use TV replays or beeper.

Many times players cheat. They fall without being pushed. Some pretend they are hurt. When a player falls in a goal area of opposite team penalty kick is awarded and sometimes that decides the match and winner of the World Cup.

Referee may miss something. There are linesmen to assist him. It is unlikely that all of them miss something. However wrong decisions affect teams.

Technology must be used so that there is appeal against wrong decisions and they are reversed. Players who cheat are punished. Teams do not lose the match due to referee’s wrong decision.

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