Arsene Wenger has once again called for more technology to be used in football, and believes the next step is to bring video tech into the offside rule, as reported by FourFourTwo.
Goal-line technology has been a huge success, and while it may take some of the argument and debate out of football, it prevents massive injustices – such as Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal vs Germany in 2010.
Wenger claims we have to keep revolutionising the game, starting with changes to offside.
“It depends how they do it and I think next step is for the offside to be treated like goal-line technology, exactly the same,” he said.
“That is the easiest step to do.
“All the other ideas for me are too premature but the offside can be treated very well and in a scientific way and that should be the only next step.”
As the report suggests, meetings have recently been held by the FA to discuss the possibility of introducing more technology to the game, with live trials being planned for the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
There are still plenty who oppose the use of technology in football, with many preferring the controversy created by poor refereeing decisions. Technology has been excellently integrated into other sports like Rugby and Tennis though, so there’s no reason to think we wouldn’t experience the same success in football.
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It still seems a long way off, but the more influential players, managers, and pundits call for change, the more likely things are to happen.