Are Gary Lineker’s eyes more reliable than goal line technology?

“We have to trust the technology I presume, or do they just make it up?”

"Its clear when they draw that ball behind the line and somebody quickly draws a ball"
“Its clear when they draw that ball behind the line and somebody quickly draws a ball”

Goal line technology was put to use for the first time at the 2014 world cup in the game between France and Honduras last night. Benzima’s deflected effort was most certainly one of those instances in which goal line technology was very much needed. One man who wasn’t convinced however, was BBC’s Gary Lineker.

It may well be the case that Lineker was simply following instructions from his ear piece… perhaps his producers were encouraging him to ask as stupid a question as possible. If we thought that the invention of goal line technology would avoid such controversy and hysteria we were sadly mistaken. Luckily, Robbie Savage, Clarence Seadorf and Thierry Henry didn’t seem to have an issue with the goal that was never not a goal.

Gary Lineker is entitled to believe that his naked eye, watching a game from a particular camera angle in a studio, is more accurate than purpose built technology that determines whether the ball has crossed the line or not, but I for one had hoped that the introduction of goal line technology would have put an end to such arbitrary discussions. Maybe we simply have a problem with the fact it isn’t our (British) technology, its non-British origins have been alluded to several times on both BBC and ITV coverage.

If you want to watch Gary and the team discuss the goal that never was not a goal then just click the link below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27862010

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