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WATCH Use Of Goal Line Technology In France-Honduras Game

There’s no doubt that there are some very angry Honduras fans in Central America tonight after Karim Benzema’s shot rocketed off the post and into the palms of goalkeeper Noel Valladares. Seemingly, the ball spilled across the line. But the TV replay was inconclusive (see above screengrab), so the goal line technology was used. And it determined that, in fact, the ball did cross the line (see screengrab below).

If we trust that the GoalControl technology was correct, then the goal is the first time the technology has been used in such a controversial World Cup decision. And if the technology worked, then it’s a positive step forward for the sport around the globe.

Seeing the incident live, and then watching the TV replay, it looked like the whole of the ball didn’t cross the line. It’s only with goal line technology that we can see, for sure, that the ball actually did go over the line to result in a goal. Now if only FIFA could allow similar technology to be used by the fourth official to help with controversial offside decisions (as we saw in the Mexico-Cameroon game where the match officials incorrectly disallowed two goals).

The Premier League already uses the technology, and hopefully other leagues who have refused to use it (the Bundesliga and MLS are two examples) will jump on board soon, too.

Here’s the video from the goal-line technology incident that ruled the goal in Benzema’s favor:

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  1. Andre

    June 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

    The goal-line technology`s margin of error is 5mm. A human referee`s margin of error is a few meters!

  2. SocRef

    June 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Unfortunately if you look up the system specs for the goal line technology system in place the accuracy is 5mm. What that means is that the ball could actually be anywhere within 5mm of the stated position of the ball, which in this instance should be confirmed by the video footage as no goal.

    • Mumblic

      June 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Actually the space between ball and line was 1.38 cm, even with error margin of 5 mm it is still a goal !!


      • Scott

        June 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm

        Actually this proves that the error is greater than 5mm.

        5mm is a claim, one that is proved to be innacurate by this.

  3. goatslookshifty

    June 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    No way the entire ball crossed the line according the camera shot along the line. This goal-line technology is a farce. I only trust Hawk-eye.

    • Ken

      June 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      It is over the line.

    • Flyvanescence

      June 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      So Hawkeye, by dint of being British, is automatically less inaccurate than non-Hawkeye?

      (If anybody gets the nerd movie reference, cheers to you)

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