I had to shake my head a few times to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. Fifa Boss Sepp Blatter has proposed a TV referral system in World football where by coaches will be allowed “The right in the half, twice or once, to challenge a refereeing decision but only when the game is stopped”.
You may recall I wrote a post here on the 27 April 2014 called Baseball Romanticism and Perfecting the Strike Zone in which I stated:
Don’t even get me started on World Football or Soccer as many of you folk like to call it, which I believe should be upgraded like the NFL to allow each coach the ability to challenge a maximum of 2 refereeing decisions by video review. Football and baseball are so far behind other big sports with regards to making the game fairer. Tennis, cricket, AFL, rugby, Athletics, – just about any major sport you name it, have got it right, but the biggest stalwarts are Football International and Baseball.
As you can tell I am a big proponent of the introduction of video referrals in World Sport and I believe this is an overwhelmingly positive move in the much adored World game – Football. Fifa seemed to be a stalwart on using video technology to improve World football, but the introduction of goal line technology and now the proposed introduction of a TV referral system is in my opinion a significant step in the right direction.
I would prefer that the decisions were reviewed by an independent video referee, rather than the on-field referees to enhance the impartiality of the refereeing process. Let’s hope Fifa see sense in this aspect of video reviewing.
Now if only Major League Baseball could introduce an officiated digitised strike square to remove as much human error of umpiring out of their game.
What even makes this more satisfying is knowing the subjective strike zone call is already a thing of the past. I had a vision of tomorrow’s papers – yes. That’s the one.
You can read more about this news at the BBC Football web site.