The introduction of technology in football is an issue which divides opinion. There are those who believe that not using goalline technology, for example, is, in this day and age, pretty damn stupid – especially as it would be relatively easy to implement.
There are others who think that decisions should be made by the referee and taking that away from him would undermine the game and the authoritaah of the officials. Then there are questions as to where should the input of technology stop? Offsides? Fouls in the build up to goals? And how much influence should a video ref have?
All questions worthy of debate – and that’s not even taking into account how video technology could, and should, be used post game to help cut out foul play, cheating, diving etc – but Arsene Wenger believes the introduction of technology into football can’t come soon enough.
Speaking to Arsenal Player the boss said, “The sooner, the better for me. The sooner they go further, the better. I have always been a big fan of it and given it every support. There are no [doubts for me]. The concern of course is that the technology can make mistakes but still statistically we will improve a lot.
“Overall we all have memories of when this technology would stop an injustice, so let’s go for it – as quickly as possible.”
Yet football, and those at the top, remain pretty much opposed to taking the human element out of the game and as long as the game is run by men who think racism should be tackled with a handshake then the chances of introducing technology at any level seem distant.
At the very least there ought now to be some kind of debate to find acceptable guidelines – e.g – what technology should be used, when it should be used and once a consensus is found then it would be much easier to try and introduce it to football.
As long as the waters are still muddied – and they are – then Arsene, along with the rest of us, is going to have to wait even longer.