...

"Bring in technology," says Lampard over disallowed goal

Other News Materials 27 June 2010 23:37
Midfielder Frank Lampard has called for the World Cup to adopt technology to avoid errors similar to the one that saw his goal disallowed during England's 4-1 defeat to Germany on Sunday.
"Bring in technology," says Lampard over disallowed goal

Midfielder Frank Lampard has called for the World Cup to adopt technology to avoid errors similar to the one that saw his goal disallowed during England's 4-1 defeat to Germany on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

Speaking shortly after the Round of 16 match in Bloemfontein, Lampard said he did not need to watch television replays of the incident to know the goal should have been allowed.

"I knew straight away that it was over the line ... clearly by a yard or so," he said of his blast, which hit the underside of the crossbar and then bounced downwards over the line and out again.

Before the World Cup, players had been told about "a million different rules and changes that hardly affect the game," Lampard said.

"But the big one that affected the game today hasn't been brought in," Lampard said, referring to goal-line technology.

Asked if he favoured the introduction of such technology Lampard replied: "I think so."

However, he also said he wasn't making excuses for England's 4-1 drubbing.

"I don't want to be standing here to say that's the reason why we lost the game," Lampard said

Germany were the deserved winners, but had the Chelsea midfielder's strike stood, it would have given England a 2-2 equalizer and possibly swung the momentum their way.

Football's governing body, FIFA, has steadfastly refused to install sensors and other technology-assisted measures, but the Bloemfontein blunder by Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda and his assistants may force a rethink of the policy.

Latest

Latest