FIFA Chief Apologizes, Considers Replay
Apparently, one can only embrace controversy for so long before said controversy grows into something resembling dissent and outright revolt. Of course, considering the refereeing mistakes endured by England and Mexico, perhaps open revolt is the only way to bring about such change. Evidently, FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter felt this as well, and in an effort to put a cork in the dissension, Blatter apologized to both Mexico and England — which I’m sure made everything better — and mentioned the need to review “the use of technology” in future World Cups.
Consequently, the principle [use of technology] will not be changed for this competition. But with what we have experienced here, it would be nonsense to not reopen the file on technology at the next business meeting of the IFAB on 20 and 21 July in Wales.
Unfortunately, the 2010 version has been mired in numerous bad calls, some that have decided the fate of the suffering team. Again, there’s no guarantee England would’ve beaten Germany (nor Mexico for that matter), but surely they should have the chance to play the game on level ground; especially when they, you know, earned such an opportunity.
I suppose we should be satisfied FIFA is actually considering using modern technology in future events, but for some reason, it feels like a “too little, too late” situation.