FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil would be the first major international competition that will have a goal-line technology. Goal-line technology has been a long-standing debate within football.
Sepp Blatter has been one of the important figures in world football to be against the process of inducing technology in football. Blatter has always argued that technology will spoil the game, as we know it, by making it much slower than it is now. However, one of the must have accessories in the game as it is now seems to be goal-line technology given the number of wrong decisions made by referees in this regard continuously.
Sepp Blatter has been ignoring the calls for goal-line technology up until now, but it seems that he cannot resist the advancements of technology anymore. He has now promised that the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil would be having goal-line technology. Only time will tell if this statement by Sepp Blatter turns out to be a false like every major statement he has given out with regard to technology in football. Goal-line technology in football has become a major debate after Frank Lampard’s goal in the last World Cup was ruled out, even though it had clearly crossed the line. However, it was adjudged only with the help of replays, whereas the goal-line technology would be able to differentiate it almost instantly.
“Brazil will have the technology needed to avoid the problem of ‘phantom goals'” said Blatter. “We are currently testing two systems which meet the needs we have: reliability, immediacy and simplicity” Blatter said to the Catalan daily.
Sepp Blatter has been re-elected for another period as the FIFA president, although his chances of being re-elected were hindered with the corruption campaign.