FIFA rejects use of technology again
FIFA’s president Joseph Blatter explained in a letter the motives why his organization opposes the use of technology to analyze uncertain plays, emphasizing the game has to be played under the same conditions whether it takes place in a village or in a modern stadium.
FIFA studied two proposed systems of establishing whether the ball crossed the goal line, one including a chip inside the ball and another similar to the technology used in tennis, but neither convinced them.
According to Blatter, “one of FIFA’s principal Data HK objectives is protecting the universality of the game of football. It means that the game must be played in the same manner everywhere in the world,” said the president.
“If one coaches a group of youths in a small village of the planet, they will be playing by the same rules applied to the professional players shown on TV.”
FIFA’s concern is that the cost of the technology would prevent its implementation in poorer regions.
“The implementation of modern technologies can be very costly and due to that it could not be used everywhere in the world. Around 900 World Cup qualifying games were played and the same rules have to be applied to all the matches within the same competition,” concluded a non-technologically minded Blatter.
Guerrero overcomes his fear of flying
The Peruvian international Jose Paulo Guerrero spent several months in his homeland, unable to return to Germany, where he plays for Hamburger SV, due to an intense flying phobia.
A few weeks ago the Germans sent him a psychologist whose task it was to treate Guerrero’s phobia and the move seemed to pay off. Last Thursday Guerrero took a trip to the airport in the company of his mother Petronila Gonzalez and boarded a KLM flight to Europe, where he is continuing a treatment for an injury he suffered early into the season.
Previous to the psychologist’s intervention, Guerrero did not manage to board a plane, alleging the phobia caused him gastric disturbances. It was even speculated he might …