Franz Beckenbauer will always be remembered as the ‘Kaiser’, the majestic German captain who strolled through the game, breaking out from defence to set up attacking situations with ease and skill.

He is now one of football’s most respected elder statesmen not only as the man who won the 2006 FIFA World Cup for Germany but also as a member of the FIFA Executive Committee and possibly the next President of FIFA in 2015.

His authoritative thoughts on the game must be listened to.

He has seen the much debated English goal in the 1966 World Cup Final at very close hand and he has seen the goal which was not awarded to England in the match against Germany. In his opinion both decisions were wrong.

It does not affect his opinion on technology in the game however.

He argues that football is too unique to follow other sports where technology is used.

 “Rugby is a different game, there is an interruption every two minutes, also in American football,” he adds. “Our soccer is a moving game, play, play, play, move, move, you don’t interrupt.”

“I think it is a very difficult one because most of the decisions are very, very close. Who will decide? At the end the people have to decide. Technology would mean too many interruptions.”

If change has to come Beckenbauer will accept UEFA President Michel Platini’s idea of having two extra referees behind each goal, an experiment used in last year’s Europa League.

“They have an agreement with FIFA to do another test for the next two years in the Europa and Champions Leagues, then we will see but I’m in favour of these two extra referees behind the goal,” says Beckenbauer.

“If that system was in place, the additional referee would have spotted the Thierry Henry incident which enabled France to beat Ireland and qualify for 2010. He would also have spotted the Lampard goal.”

The Lampard controversy has forced FIFA president Sepp Blatter to look again at the issue of technology but few expect major change. Beckenbauer thinks that is right and he remains a deep football conservative.

It is reassuring to hear this voice of reason and authority in the face of a media demanding radical change without thinking of the long term consequences for the game.

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