Upon further review, soccer’s governing body now agrees that something must be done about the blatant missed calls that have infuriated fans and players alike at the World Cup.
Just what that something is, though, won’t even be addressed until after the tournament in South Africa is over.
A high-tech solution is possible, but it probably would address only that most egregious of refereeing mistakes: whether or not the ball crosses the goal line. Even putting the idea on the table, however, is a concession for an organization that has long insisted that errors by officials are simply part of the game.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Tuesday that changes will be considered, and that he has apologized to the England and Mexico teams, both of which were victims of bad calls Sunday.
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Blatter said “something has to be changed” to prevent similar embarrassments in the future.
“It would be a nonsense to not reopen the file of technology,” Blatter said.
The International Football Association board will consider the issue at a July meeting in Cardiff, Wales. There’s no guarantee Blatter’s promise to revisit the use of the latest technology means he has changed his mind, or that it will lead to new procedures at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The United States’ Landon Donovan said on David Letterman’s “Late Show” that if video replay isn’t added, perhaps additional referees should be used.
“It’s difficult because we know how fast the game is, and as a referee, you can’t see everything,” Donovan said. “So you either need more eyes on the field or you need some sort of instant replay.”
Brazil remains the favorite to win an unprecedented sixth World Cup, with odds of 9-4 according to BetUS.
European champion Spain is next at 9-4, followed by Argentina at 7-2. Germany and the Netherlands are 7-1.
Uruguay is 14-1, with Paraguay and Ghana at the bottom of the charts at 35-1.