Apart from goal line technology, I am strongly against the use of video technology to referee football matches.

Whenever  a controversial incident or a mistake occurs,  there is often a cry in some parts of the media and, it has to be said from some managers and coaches, for technology to be used.

They argue that by replaying an incident and analysing it on television, football would avoid controversy and decisions would always be correct.

But where do you begin and where do you end?

Goal line technology would be acceptable, according to the criteria set out by the International FA Board, only if the result of the ball crossing the line can be sent directly to the referee within one second and without anyone else being involved.

Recent tests at the FIFA’s Headquarters in Zurich have so far failed to come up with an acceptable solution but some systems are getting close.

Using technology for other decisions, however, is a dangerous path to follow. It will open up a Pandora’s Box which could change top level football for ever – and remember it could only ever be used in a small percentage of matches worldwide.

Was a foul inside or outside the penalty area?

Was the throw in which resulted in a goal correctly awarded to the attacking team?

Was the ball moving when the match was restarted and the ball eventually entered the goal?

Was it a corner or a goal kick?

All these decisions could influence the result of the match. If you allow video technology, where do you stop?

There is also the major concern that football would become a stop start game with decisions constantly being referred to the video official.

These comments were partly due to an incident in a recent Wales v Ireland Six Nations Rugby Championship match in Cardiff.

The ball was kicked into touch by an Irish player. A Welsh player then took another ball from a ball boy and restarted play quickly with this ball, which is illegal in the rules of rugby.

The Irish protested strongly to the referee. He consulted his touch judge who confirmed, wrongly, that the same ball had been used.

Wales won the game by 19 points to 13. The illegal try they scored was worth 7 points

It was a major error by both officials which could earn the Welsh Rugby Union £750,000 in additional prize money.

The referee is recognised as one of the best in world rugby.

Video technology was available but he did not use it, to further heated protests from the Irish players.

The technology was available but it was not used because of human error.

Mistakes, by both players and officials, are part of football.

We must keep the human face of football – mistakes and all!

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