The competition is on. Which will come first, a phone call
from President Gingrich to a initial lunar colonists, or a goal-line system
employing cameras or sensors in a top-level soccer game?
After nonetheless another rarely publicized “ghost goal” fumble over a weekend,
momentum is building for a introduction of goal-line technology. A system
could nonetheless be in place during a 2014 World Cup that would assistance referees with the
most critical call they have to make: possibly a idea has been scored.
This month, a International Football Association Board chose dual systems
for final testing. FIFA hopes that possibly Hawk-Eye, a camera-based system
owned by vital FIFA unite Sony, or GoalRef, a German-Danish complement that uses a
magnetic margin and a turn embedded with a mechanism chip, will be OK’d in time
for use during December’s Club World Cup in Japan.
The IFAB could approve possibly or both systems when it meets again Jul 2.
It’s about time. Thanks to another technological creation (TV replays),
viewers saw Queens Park Rangers denied a transparent idea Saturday during an English
Premier League compare during Bolton. The diversion was scoreless in a 20th notation when
Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan reached into a idea to dip out Clint Hill’s
airborne header. Bolton went on to win, 2-1, dropping QPR into a bottom-three
England’s Football Association, that is represented on a eight-member
IFAB, came out with a matter a brief time after that could have been summed
up in 3 words: Don’t censure us.
“The FA has been a heading proponent of goal-line record for many years,”
the recover said. “We will continue to press for a introduction once further
independent contrast is finish …”
The problem of missed and poorly rewarded goals has been clear for
years. At a 2006 World Cup in Germany, France was denied a certain idea in a
1-1 pull opposite South Korea — a outcome that risked first-round rejecting for
a organisation that wound adult advancing to a pretension match.
FIFA was unmoved. On a subject of a chip-implanted turn being prepared for the
2010 World Cup, FIFA boss Sepp Blatter warned in 2008 that soccer would
“lose a fun and no longer be a articulate indicate among fans.”
Blatter altered his mind after that tournament, when he had a decidedly
no-fun assign of apologizing to England officials for a poorly denied Frank
Lampard idea in a turn of 16. The measure would have done it a 2-2 game.
Germany went on to discharge England, 4-1.
As argumentative as that no-call incited out to be, those same nations were
involved in an even some-more scandalous goal-line occurrence during a 1966 contest in
England. Video of a winning idea in England’s 4-2 overtime feat over West
Germany has been parsed and pored over like a Zapruder film, and still no one
can contend for certain possibly Geoff Hurst’s wilful shot indeed came down over
the idea line.
When a poser idea can confirm an whole World Cup, who can repudiate that soccer
has a credit problem?
Yet there sojourn critical pockets of resistance. Michel Platini, president
of UEFA, a European soccer ruling body, prefers regulating an additional official
behind any idea line — a setup that UEFA is regulating in a competitions,
including a Champions League. Pierluigi Collina, a obvious former World Cup
referee, pronounced final tumble that additional officials hadn’t missed a singular goal
since their introduction in 2009.
There’s some-more coercion in a Premier League, that pronounced it might deliver the
Hawk-Eye or GoalRef complement subsequent deteriorate if possibly gains IFAB capitulation in July,
and in Italy’s Serie A. Last month, in a strife between Italy’s tip dual clubs, AC
Milan was poorly denied a idea opposite Juventus. The diversion finished 1-1.
The counsel of FIFA and UEFA is distinct to a point. After all,
unreliable record is worse than nothing, and any kind of complement will be
expensive (reportedly about $390,000 to supply a track with Hawk-Eye cameras).
But cruise a probable costs of a lousy call to QPR, that according to
England’s Sunday Times would remove about $50 million if it were
relegated from a Premier League.
The Associated Press and Bloomberg News contributed to this
2014 World Cup conduct leaves
Ending a quarrelsome 23-year stint, Ricardo Teixeira quiescent Monday as head
of a Brazil’s soccer association and a 2014 World Cup organizing
Teixeira’s time in assign was noted by churned success on and off a field
for Brazil, with allegations that a 64-year-old took kickbacks from former
FIFA selling partner ISL in a 1990s.
One of a many absolute organisation in Brazil, Teixeira had left on medical leave
last week. The association pronounced he was withdrawal for good to demeanour after his health
and be with his family. Last year, he was hospitalized since of an intestinal
Teixeira, who was never convicted of wrongdoing, pronounced he was withdrawal with the
“sense of idea accomplished.” Former Brazil star Romario, now a congressman,
did not agree. “We exterminated a cancer from Brazilian football,” Romario
posted on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Scottish bar has bidders
Rangers director Paul Clark says there has been seductiveness from a United
States and a Far East in holding over a financially stricken Scottish
champions. Clark says administrators are anticipating to make a margin down to
“serious bidders” for a Glasgow bar by a finish of a week.
Rangers were forced to find failure insurance in Feb after a
long-running brawl with taxation authorities, triggering a 10-point reduction for
the 140-year-old bar and effectively handing a pretension to crosstown rival
Celtic. Administrators pronounced final week that several players had concluded to cut
their salaries by adult to 75 percent in an bid to assistance save a club.
FIFA to inspect 10-0 match
FIFA says it will talk a compare arbitrate and players during a examine of
Bahrain’s “unusual” 10-0 win over Indonesia in a new World Cup qualifier.
Lebanese arbitrate Andre El Haddad sent off Indonesia’s goalkeeper in the
second notation and awarded Bahrain 4 penalties in a Feb. 29 compare in Manama,
Bahrain’s win lifted guess since it trailed Qatar by 3 points and
nine goals in organisation standings. Despite a result, Qatar modernized interjection to a
2-2 pull in a final qualifier in Iran.
Indonesia fielded an fresh organisation after suspending players from clubs
in a breakaway Indonesian Super League. It had mislaid all 5 prior group
matches, surrender 16 goals while scoring usually three.
The Asian Football Confederation has shielded a member countries against
any suspicions of match-fixing.
U.S. U-20s advance: The United States and Canada qualified
for this summer’s Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. Both teams reached
Sunday’s final in Panama City, a 2-1 U.S. win on an 88th-minute idea by
second-half underling Chioma Ubogagu of Coppell and Stanford. The U.S. patrol also
included goalkeeper Abby Smith (Dallas Texans).
Suspensions confirmed: Former FIFA executive committee
members Amadou Diakite and Ahongalu Fusimalohi mislaid their appeals Monday against
two-year bans for hurtful function during behest for a 2018 and 2022 World
Cups. Diakite and Fusimalohi appealed to a Court of Arbitration for Sport
after they were dangling formed on justification supposing by British journal The Sunday Times. The dual organisation suggested clandestine reporters
posing as lobbyists how to cheat FIFA officials with $1 million.
Egyptian deteriorate over: The Egyptian Football Association has
canceled a rest of this season’s joining games in a arise of rioting during a
match final month that killed 74 people and harmed hundreds of others.
The week past
English Premier League: during Swansea 1, Manchester City 0 —
Manchester United took over a joining lead Sunday as a city opposition was
thoroughly outplayed by newly promoted Swansea and a barebones $15 million
roster. It was Swans’ 11th shutout of an competition this season, a symbol bettered
only a dual rich Manchester teams (13 each).
English Premier League: during Arsenal 2, Newcastle 1 — You may
recall a new news on a woes of Arsenal, that 3 weeks ago was
clinging to fourth place, 10 points behind third-place Tottenham. Since then,
the Gunners have mislaid 3 true joining matches and Tottenham has mislaid three
straight, pulling a Gunners absolutely into fourth place and usually a indicate out
of third. Arsenal’s latest win was a thespian one, entrance Monday on core back
Thomas Vermaelen’s idea in a fifth notation of blocking time.
Mexican Clausura: Santos Laguna 3, Puebla 1 — Two members of
the U.S. 2010 World Cup patrol accounted for 3 of a goals Saturday night,
with Herculez Gomez scoring twice for Santos and DaMarcus Beasley producing
Puebla’s usually goal. Gomez has 4 joining goals this year.
The week ahead
European Champions League: Napoli during Chelsea (Wednesday) — In
one of Andre Villas-Boas’ final acts as coach, Chelsea suffered a 3-1 detriment three
weeks ago to open a round-of-16 array in Italy. The assign of overturning the
deficit falls to Roberto Di Matteo, who was promoted to halt manager following
Villas-Boas’ banishment final week. Chelsea, a final English organisation left in the
competition, is winless in a final 5 Champions League knockout-stage home
games, dating to a 2009 quarterfinals.
MLS: Chicago during Montreal (Saturday) — More than 46,000 tickets
had been sole as of Monday for a enlargement Impact’s home opener in Olympic
Stadium. The Impact mislaid in a entrance in Vancouver, 2-0, final weekend. This will
be opening day for a Fire.