Thursday, 5 May 2011

Ban Laser Technology in Football

I am of course referring to the banishment of the dangerous and distracting practice of spectators sneaking lasers in to sports stadia and shining them on soccer stars. Despicable.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks as though he is assimilated by the Borg
(UCL Semi-final second-leg Barcelona v Real Madrid 3 May 2011)

Manchester United's John O'Shea assimilating some green laser light
(UCL Round of 16 first-leg Marseille v Manchester United 23 February 2011)

Having seen plenty of evidence for the ineffectiveness of extra assistant referees (EARs), plus plenty of injustice involving calls on the goal-line, I am a proponent of introducing goal-line technology at the highest levels of football, whether this involves using lasers, microchips or other workable methods.

In fact, I will repeat my central thesis about EARs ...

Central Thesis

My main argument is not the fact that EARs are ineffective and redundant (which, in many incidents, they are ) or that EARs do not help or enhance the game. It is worse than that and much more serious.

My main argument
is the fact that EARs can have a detrimental effect on the performance of the match Referee and hence can contribute to ruining the game since match officials will be perceived to be making more, instead of less, errors.

Look out for a future post giving details of instances where referees are negatively affected by EARs.


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