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The debate over video technology within football has raged for years.

With FIFA still refusing to even trial it despite the fact that many other sports have welcomed more advanced systems to make sure that the big decisions are made correctly.

Debate – Should video technology be introduced for refereesIn the wake of Andre Marriner’s terrible mistake in dismissing Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in last weekend’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Arsenal, calls for the introduction of video technology have intensified.

In this feature, Voomfootball presents a debate between two of our writers; one advocating the introduction of video replays in the sport and other against it.

Debate by Ayo Isaiah and Matthew Henderson

The question rages on – should referees be given technology?

No is my answer, and here is why. I wasn’t in favour of goal-line technology, and I am not for this. Not because I am a technophobe, but because if you make everything technological then the human element is taken out of the game.

Nothing brings people together more than talking about ‘That Lampard Goal’ against Germany, it was in and England were robbed, but the discussions will be had for years.

Referees will make mistakes, they’re humans, and that is what makes the game so good. Look at the weekend, Oxlade-Chamberlain handballs it, Kieran Gibbs sent off. Had the referee had video technology then it could have been the right man sent off, but it would also have been a 10 minute wait while a bloke sat in a television studio studies a replay 90 times in various angles and speeds, it would seriously break up the play and lose the flow. Look at rugby, the time taken to review serves as detriment to the gameplay.

Yes the technology would help referees, and their job is immensely difficult, but the game needs to have a talking point. Imagine if it was always around. Geoff Hurst may not have sealed his hat trick for one. His second goal in the 1966 World Cup final is being disputed even to this day.

Another reason against is that the technology doesn’t filter down to lower leagues. Due to the financial outlay, it will not available to teams in lower divisions, so there is already an injustice in the system.

Football also needs the one figure everyone can come together and dislike as one, which the referee so commonly is. We love to hate the referee. We enjoy the feeling of luck when it goes our way, and we love to moan when it does not go our way.

With the introduction of technology, you may as well not have referees, the machines will be making all the decisions for them. Who do you cuss when video technology boots your team?

What would help referees are stricter sanctions on diving and assistants behind the goal (as has been successfully trialled in UEFA competitions) that can spot things in and around the area should the referee be unable to. That would keep the human element, and give us something to talk about down the pub come 5:30pm on a Saturday afternoon.

By Matthew Henderson

It’s unfathomable how it’s not already implemented.

In football, there is nothing quite so annoying as a result determined by bad refereeing decisions.

Every time a valid chance at goal is ruled offside, a dive is rewarded with a penalty or a handball goes unpunished, the familiar cries go up around the world of football.

Why can’t video technology be implemented in football, as virtually every other professional sport already has? All sports require credible judges for them to be taken seriously. Fairness is key. Since referees are human and make mistakes, it is important to help correct their mistakes, especially since the technology is available.

Reviewing also provides a safety net for the referees, who could have their reputation destroyed for a crucial misjudgment. The current impasse lessens the respect of fans and players towards referees.

Some might argue that the teams would abuse this system and there would be a lot of needless interruptions. I beg to disagree. Video technology has been successfully implemented in rugby and ice hockey, sports whose similar quick pace has been minimally impacted. In fact, anticipation of the replay often adds to the drama.

Last October, Bayer Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling was awarded a ‘phantom goal’ against Hoffenheim after the ball had gone in through the side netting. It was a shocking error and the calls for video technology were loud for days after that.

We know Mr. Blatter feels that all these controversies are good for the game, as they arouse conversation and debate, but it damages the credibility of and confidence in the officials when a wrong decision is made and is unjust for the team that is incorrectly judged.

Do people want talking points or the right decisions? Why should have to rely on the inadequacies of the referee for our post match discussion? There is a plethora of other issues to discuss in the sport.

By Ayo Isaiah

Originally published at voomfootball.wordpress.com

Post written by Matthew Henderson, Twitter: @matt_hendo12
and Ayo Isaiah, Twitter: @Ayo_isaiah9
for Voom Football, Blog: Voom Football, Twitter: @Voomfootball

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