Cameron calls for video technology

28 June 2010 08:20

Prime Minister David Cameron threw his weight behind calls for the use of video technology in football, after Frank Lampard's goal in England's World Cup defeat by Germany was disallowed despite clearly crossing the line.

The PM said he was "very disappointed" to see England go out of the World Cup, after watching the 4-1 defeat with German Chancellor Angela Merkel - who also said that the Lampard goal should have been allowed to stand.

"I do think that the use of technology in sport can be a bonus," said the PM. "I'm a keen follower of cricket and tennis and I think the third umpire has been a great thing."

He added: "Maybe that's something that football could now have a look at."

Mr Cameron declined to comment on whether England should now be looking for a new manager after Fabio Capello's failure to guide them into the quarter-finals of his first major competition, but left no doubt that he thought the team had been soundly beaten by Germany.

"I felt very disappointed, but it is not for me to choose the England manager," said Mr Cameron. "We can just reflect that Germany played very well and we have some questions to ask.

"Everyone in the country will be disappointed with the result, but these things happen. At least with a scoreline like that we can't say we were robbed. We weren't. We were beaten."

Mr Cameron also ducked a question over whether the England players should now donate their match fee for today's game to charity as a gesture of apology.

The PM said: "I don't want to get involved, tempting though it is. I have enough cutting the Cabinet's pay without getting stuck into the England football team.

"I am a great believer in exercising responsibility at the correct level and I don't think it's the responsibility of the Prime Minister to get too involved in the remuneration of the England football team. But I am sure that suggestion will be taken carefully into account."

Source: PA