FIFA and football fans across the globe got their first look at goal-line technology in Sunday's 2014 World Cup Group E showdown between France and Honduras.
The controversial goal was given in the 48th minute after the GoalControl system ruled that the ball came off of Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares and crossed the goal line. The goal put France ahead 2-0.
Squawka Football on Twitter breaks down the ruling:
Sky Sports Football details the controversial decision:
The goal has been given, & it's the right decision. The stadium showed two replays, the first wasn't over the line,the second was. #FRAvsHON— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) June 15, 2014
Many, including English sports presenter Richard Keys, weren't in agreement with the goal-line sensors and expressed skepticism over the new technology:
That wasn't in. At any time. Told you this technology wasn't fool proof.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) June 15, 2014
But former football referee Graham Poll believed the technology got it right in the end:
To the naked eye at speed there is no way that would or could have been given. Technology is the way ahead.— Graham Poll (@Graham_Poll) June 15, 2014
And if the ball never lies, then perhaps this tweet from brazuca should make it official:
Trust me. Goal. #ballin— brazuca (@brazuca) June 15, 2014
Footy Jokes on Twitter noted FIFA's tough luck:
Only FIFA could invent a goal line technology that increases controversy.— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) June 15, 2014
The debate is sure to continue on Twitter and across social media, but it won't change the ruling or the result as France would add a third goal moments later to extend their lead.
In April, FIFA explained how the technology works in a press release:
GoalControl is equipped with 14 high-speed cameras located around the pitch, with seven cameras focusing on each goalmouth. The ball’s position is continuously and automatically captured in 3D and the indication of whether a goal has been scored is immediately confirmed within one second to a watch worn by each of the match officials.
Although there will always be close calls in football and controversy when they happen, it's clear that the World Cup is better off with this new goal-line technology. After all, in 2010, England were on the wrong end of a missed call by the match official that would have leveled them 2-2 with Germany in the round of 16. The goal was not given and England went on to lose 4-1.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter talked about how that moment spurred the organization to adapt the new system, per CNN.com's Astead Herndon:
"For me as FIFA president it became evident the moment what happened in South Africa in 2010...I have to say 'thank you Lampard'. I was completely down in South Africa when I saw that it really shocked me, it took me a day to react."
Situations like that led FIFA to implement this technology, and while there will be debate anytime the ball doesn't ripple the back of the net, it's clear that the technology in place is there to get the call right, and certainly did in this case.
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