The Lampard goal: an alternative solution
So yes, that was an awful blunder of the referee and his assistant, and yes, that disallowed goal could very well have made a significant difference to the outcome of the game. There is no point in saying that the Germans deserved to win after all, as everyone seems to be doing here: the Germans might have won after all, but the point, obviously, is that both teams would tactically have played a completely different game in the second half, with the English doing a little bit more of world-class defending perhaps. As a neutral viewer I am and will be disappointed about the referees role in how this game developed and it is an outright disgrace that the FIFA seems to have cut the moment out of their official summary of the game. Like nothing ever happened at al. We are not stupid, Mr. Blatter, we are not stupid.
Now there also is this thing about video referees. I am very much in favour of this, but we will have to wait a couple of years until Mr. Blatter has died. In the mean time, there might be an alternative solution that does the job, at least for these peculiar moments. Essentially, the problem was not only that the referee did not see the goal. The problem also was that the ball bounced back from behind the line via the crossbar into the field. Actually, perhaps, that was the main problem. If a ball hits the ground almost a yard behind the line, it should end up in the net, and not in the field. While it is allways possible that a ball does something of the unexpected, you might want to take measures to make that risk as small as possible. One, in my very honest opinion, rather easy solution might be to make the field slope a little behind the goal line, so that the ball is invited to bounce in the direction of the net. That might have made such a difference yesterday.
Erik (28-06-2010, 17:15):
"The International FA Board (IFAB), which Fifa is a member of along with the four British associations, dealt with this topic in March. A clear decision on the use of technology was taken at the time." Apparently, IFAB comprises 4 FIFA members and 1 member for Wales, England, Scotland, (Northern) Ireland each. Decisions require a 6-2 majority. It is unclear whether only FIFA members rank among the conservative ones in IFAB.