Monday, January 30, 2012

Football Needs TV Replays

Queens Park Rangers Vice Chairman Amit Bhatia has become the latest person within football to call for video replays to be introduced. "I'm convinced it's time to allow the challenge system in football", he Tweeted, reported The Guardian. "We have to have some kind of video replay system so that harsh decisions can be reviewed. So much is at stake in every game. Mistakes are made. Decisions are difficult and that's fine, but why not allow those difficult decisions to be reviewed? One challenge per half per manager wouldn't slow the game down by any more than 30 seconds. I think it's got to happen. Every fan and player in the land would appreciate a fair review of a difficult decision. It's not rocket science. And my rant isn't about today's decision. It's a general observation about football and applies to us all who want fairer decisions."

This is not the first time that clubs have advocated video replays (as this blog posting proves), and I have been arguing for their introduction for a long time. Allowing the manager or captain to make a limited number of challenges to decisions made during a match would impact the game little, and most clubs already have the technology in place to do this. FIFA's argument is that to allow video replays would ruin the flow of the game, however I can't see how an instant TV replay the minute the ball next goes out of play would delay the game any more than appeals to the referee by outraged players. As I have recently pointed out, FIFA is driven by generating money for football and I suspect that it cannot see any commercial value in mandating a system where the technology to be used already exists. Compare this with goal-line technology, where FIFA has a number of companies queuing up to become an official supplier.

Put simply, if Bhatia is to be successful in gaining FIFA support for video replays, he needs to gain support for a system that can generate commercial value for the game, and pitch it to FIFA. Perhaps a system could be introduced similar to that used in Australian rugby league, where companies pay to sponsor video replays. Otherwise FIFA will continue to pursue its expensive and ineffective goal-line technology solution, which is not 'for the good of the game'.

 Andy Brown


Comments

Amelia Salehabadi said...

Totally agree with you Andy.
As for FIFA's argument that replays would ‘ruin the flow of the game’, what a nonsense!
Here in North America, much ‘faster’ games, such as hockey allow replays and it certainly does not bother nor the game nor the fans. Anyways, having to choose between ‘fairness’ and the ‘flow’ of a game, it is certainly no brainer in my book!
Amelia

31/01/2012

Phil Gibbs said...

I agree with Amelia. In any event everything about FIFA is ironic. Convincing something as dysfunctional as FIFA that something is right and proper probably means it isn't! Tonight in Milan Juve there was a 'goal' not given that was 'a yard over the line'. How long would it take to solve that? There are numerous delays in football. Not least tactical substitutions 60 sec from the end of the game.

25/02/2012

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