There are many matches regarded as the great derbies in world football.

El Clasico in Spain between Real Madrid and Barcelona is one, as is the famous Egyptian derby between Al Ahly and Zamalek and the Scottish Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic.

At international level Argentina v Brazil is an eagerly awaited fixture, as is any match between England and Germany.

When a controversial incident occurs in such high profile matches it is always going to hit the headlines.

FIFA had been totally opposed to the use of goal line technology but the controversial decision not to award a goal to England in the match against Germany in South Africa 2010 reignited the argument and FIFA President Sepp Blatter was forced to change his position.

This week’s Scottish derby between Celtic and Rangers had its usual controversy, this time a question of whether or not the ball had crossed the line for a goal to Rangers in the 7th minute.

It was a very borderline decision, even after frame by frame analysis on television.

The referee and the assistant referee, whose line of sight was blocked by at least one player, had no chance of giving a definite decision and play continued.

Goal line technology might have given a goal or indicated that the ball had not crossed the line. It was so marginal.

At the moment nine goal line technology companies are making presentations to FIFA and the International FA Board and present indications are that only two, the Cairos chip in the ball system, linked with adidas and Hawkeye, the system used in tennis and cricket, seem able to move to the next stage in the verification process.

It is highly unlikely that any system will be in place for the 2012-2013 season and questions remain whether it will be ready for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

In Scotland, there has been a lot of publicity about this week’s goal line incident, but this is the first such incident at an Old Firm in the last ten years.

Football must not over-react to a single incident and do not expect goal line technology to be introduced worldwide, even if a system is shown to meet the IFAB criteria.

It costs money and very often the referee and assistant get it right anyway!

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