The Great Debate (India)

Is FIFA being pedestrian in its approach to technology?


England's Frank Lampard (R) celebrates with team mate Wayne Rooney after a shot at the goal during the 2010 World Cup second round soccer match against Germany at Free State stadium in Bloemfontein June 27, 2010. A video replay showed that Lampard's shot had crossed the line but was not given by referee Jorge Larrionda of Uruguay (L). REUTERS/Darren Staples

Two goals, one denied and another granted, queered the pitch for use of technology in the beautiful game.

Trailing 2-1 against Germany in a do-or-die pre-quarterfinal match at the 2010 World Cup, England’s Frank Lampard unleashed a long ranger in the 39th minute which beat the goalkeeper and hit the crossbar.

Even as the English players started celebrating, the referee waved play on although replays showed the ball had clearly crossed the line in Bloemfontein.

The romantics will call it poetic justice as this brings back memories of England’s third goal in the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany — where the exact opposite had happened. Geoff Hurst’s goal was allowed and England went on to lift the cup.