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Great Britain's Ashley Jackson celebrates opening the scoring against South Africa the London 2012 Olympic hockey tournament, at the Riverbank Arena, Olympic Park, Stratford, East London, 1st August 2012.
Nick Ames, Reporter
Friday, August 3, 2012
Will goal-line technology ruin football?
With the clamour for the introduction of goal-line technology into top class football it is interesting to take a look at what is happening in the Olympics.
The sport of football is all about the explosion of emotion when the ball hits the back of the net.
But in the Olympic Hockey that’s not the final act of many successful attacks.
Teams are allowed to appeal against what they may consider infractions of the rules, as South Korea’s women did several times when Team GB found the net.
This, obviously, led to referrals and meant it was only when the replay had been studied and the goal given that it was time to celebrate.
This can take a couple of minutes sometimes – and so takes all the excitement and spontaneity out of the action.
Players are left milling around and the crowd waiting, not in hushed anticipation but in frustration.
So while the introduction of technology might stop some obvious injustices – it will also lessen the immediacy, mute the cheers and let excitement ebb away.
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