Gullit backs Guus call for goal-line replays
Neither the referee nor his assistant were able to rule whether a goal had been scored, with Michael Essien netting seconds later - after a deflected Frank Lampard effort had hit the crossbar - to ensure that the officials' mistake did not prove to be a decisive one.
And former Dutch international Gullit believes that bringing in video technology to rule on goal-line decisions alone would not disrupt the flow of a game, insisting offside calls and penalty claims should remain ruled upon by the officials.
“I can see the sense in using goal line technology to judge whether a goal has been scored,” Gullit exclusively told FourFourTwo.com.
“But football is a game of emotions and mistakes. That is the truth, and if you take this out of the game with technology it will become too clinical. Offside’s have to be with the eye and not the computer.
“The goal-line is the only thing, nothing else. We must keep a romantic view of the game.”
Gullit's views were echoed by, present Chelsea chief, Guus Hiddink, who revealed that trials using video technology date as far back as 20 years.
"Now technology is perfect so it must be done. So there is no dispute yes or no," Hiddink told a news conference after his side's 2-2 draw in Turin, revealing his PSV Eindhoven team in the 1980s had been involved in a goal-line technology trial.
"It was working out well but the people deciding didn't want to know. And that was 20 years ago."
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