Telegraph Sports Notebook - Goal-line technology is a must

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

Sometime in Zurich today a vote will be taken by the International Football Association Board as to whether goal-line technology should be introduced.

If the vote comes out in favour then the Premier League and the Football Association will be able to employ the technology in their competitions and, touch wood, all the unnecessary controversy can be stopped once and for all.

Time and again we’ve had to out up with pathetic justifuications as to why the game is better off without such aids and time and again they’ve been nonsensical.

‘It’ll take too long’, ‘It’ll cost too much’, ‘It’ll erode the authority of the referee’ and so on.

All without merit and all serving someone’s agenda that has no place in the game.

This kind of technology should’ve been introduced a while ago and it is a black mark against the game’s governing bodies that they have procrastinated for so long.

Such is the television coverage of the game at the top level in this country, decisions on whether a ball has crossed the goal-line wouldn’t have been too difficult to arrive at.

If it took 10 seconds then who cares?

Goals are the most important part of a game of football and it would follow that their validity or otherwise should be given the utmost priority.

Now that systems are in place - Hawk-Eye with cameras and Goal Ref using microchips - that can provide a decision in a couple of seconds, the reasons not to move into the 21st century are even fewer.

So the days of Roy Carroll scooping out a ball from a couple of yards over the line and getting away with it or Frank Lampard seeing a shot ricochet off the bar and out having bounced well over the whitewash should, fingers crossed, be long gone.

And it’s about time.