Is Technology The Answer?

Last updated : 30 January 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor
But regardless of our feelings (or lack of them) for Sir Alex Ferguson and his Band Of Gypsies, should football follow the lead of rugby and cricket and use the video technology that is available at every Premiership match?

Or would it take away the good old-fashioned banter between fans that has made football the greatest sport in the world?

Ferguson: "I am not a cricket fan or a rugby fan but I have noticed how these sports have changed over the years to improve decision making.

"Football has to open its eyes a bit wider because the people running the game are resisting the introduction of technology in every possible way.

"There is so much money and importance attached to a decision these days. It can cost a team a cup or see them get relegated. The professionals in the game view it as a necessity to use technology where necessary.

"It's interesting because I don't think there is any doubt that in the World Cup final the fourth official sent (Zinedine) Zidane off after viewing the incident on a TV screen.

"They take advantage when it suits them but in 99% of cases - like in goal-line decision-making - they're not.

"I think technology will eventually come - maybe not in my lifetime, but it will come."