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    Default FIFA is Sorry About Bad Ref Calls, Will Reconsider Using Video Technology

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    Everyone that watched Sunday’s World Cup match between England and Germany on TV saw that Frank Lampard scored a goal – everyone except the referee, and thus England was denied the goal.

    That call, together with another bad call later that day, when the referee missed a clear offside when Argentina took the lead against Mexico, spurred a heated debate about using technology to aid the refs in football games.

    FIFA, the authority that regulates the World Cup tournament, was until now quite adamant in keeping technology out of the football field. Now, its president Sepp Blatter claims it will reconsider the option. “Naturally we will take on board again the discussion about technology. Something has to be changed,” Blatter said.

    Those who are in favor of using technology – a solution that’s often mentioned is letting the refs see a video review of questionable situations – say it would relieve pressure from the refs, and reduce conflicts on the field. Those who are against claim such solutions would be hard to implement in all leagues and tournaments, and that using video technology would disrupt the game too much.

    What do you think? Should FIFA finally let video technology help football refs make their decisions? Give us your thoughts in the comments.
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