John Terry wouldn’t be in the big leagues if he did not know when, as a football player, he has run out of real estate as a popular basketball parlance for those moves that see a player scrambling for ball out of the playing box and then believing he still has a ball in play which could see a 260-pounder passing a basketball – sometimes while balancing on a 130-pound front-row spectator!
At least the goal posts and net do not allow that kind of happening; the only time football guys could knock a spectator down is after goals have been scored and guys race to their corners of fan-zone to celebrate where fans seemingly wait to be crushed.
It is heartening that Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s generally see-no-evil even when it stares him in the face is now on the same page with most sports fans on goal line tech but that is small consolation for Ukraine which saw England stole a goal it did not earn in the decisive final match of who goes forward to the knock-out stages of the ongoing UEFA.
Those who have been badgered by my sports musings over the years know that I am not a big fan of English soccer although the fans seem to have calmed down considerably these last couple of years.
The FA naturally expects big things from the lads and the fans expect bigger things which all boils down to pressuring these lads so much that they expect to win even when they have a worse than sub-par team. It also sees those who have labored hard for the team thrown out like a dirty habit once they make a mistake or fail to win a cup.
It is apparent that even if a dozen FIFA officials are on the field, balls that clearly cross the line before “defense” springs into action would always count as no-goal; there were a mere five officials whose eyes went astray as Devic’s clear goal crossed the line but my grouse is: Terry was aware he cheated.
How does Terry feel seeing the pictures of his “defensive effort” over and over again when he knows what he did is a disgrace to his country and, if he does not know it or care, to himself? Where does that leave England: must win at any cost?
Thank God, GLT will finally be tabled at FIFA this year but small consolation for Ukraine and all those teams that have lost over the years over Blatter’s – and FIFA’s – intransigence about the necessity of allowing technology to be deployed to the aid of soccer.