Thursday, May 05, 2005

Israeli Missile System - Goal Disallowed?

It's not very often that I get to write about two of my favourite subjects, Israel and football, in one post.

Some of you may have gathered from my previous post that something important happened in the world of football ('soccer' to those readers of the transatlantic persuasion). My team, Liverpool, have, after a distinctly ordinary season, made it to the final of Europe's (and hence the World's) premier club competition, The Champions League, by beating Chelsea in the Semi Finals.

Israeli technology has suggested that maybe they shouldn't have won the game though. Liverpool were awarded a goal where the ball was adjudged to have made it across the line - but only just. "Yesterday, in the absence of conclusive pictures, a virtual analysis of the incident using a system based on Israeli missile technology" suggested that the officials had got it wrong.

There have been rumblings in the game for a while to introduce technological means to reduce human error. Such a change is unlikely to happen any time soon though. Football is essentially a free flowing game rather than the commercial break punctuated version of team sports which is standard fare in the US. Anything that would break the flow will be resisted as being bad for the game. It is pleasing however, to see that Israeli technology is once again at the forefront.

But denying Liverpool a goal? That's one Israeli product I'd certainly boycott!!!

Gilly

6 comments:

Azriel said...

Goal or no goal, I became a Liverpool fan for the night. I was delighted to see Liverpool knock Chelsea out.

On Sunday, I will be just as happy to watch Arsenal beat you again at Highbury.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of if it was over the line or not, the ref only awarded the goal because he was too chicken to send off Peter Cech.

Yellow Boy

tafka PP said...

Gilly (and Yellow Boy) you can't let the "no-flights" excuse stop you from going to Istanbul! There must be something that can be done...

Gilly said...

How about the fact that tickets (in the neutral section) are going for around 350 quid and I have a mortgage? :)

tafka PP said...

Mortgage, Shmortgage! I am sure Mrs. Gilly would agree ;-)

Gilly said...

She probably would - but then she doesn't pay the mortgage...