Lampard calls for technology

28 June 2010 07:29
Frank Lampard has joined the calls for goal-line technology to be used after being denied a clear equaliser as England crashed out of the World Cup. England bowed out of the tournament in South Africa following Sunday's 4-1 defeat to Germany in the first knockout round. However, the main talking point of the match arrived in the 38th minute with England trailing 2-1. Lampard's exquisite chip from 20 yards beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down well over the line, but Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda waved play on after receiving no signal from his assistant. "I haven't seen the goal again but I didn't need to see it again," said Lampard. "I knew straight away that my shot was over the line, clearly a yard or so. "It baffles me that it wasn't given and it was a big deciding factor. "I won't stand here and say it is the reason why we got knocked out. "But if it had gone to 2-2, and we had still come out and played the way we did in the second half, it would have been a different game." The Chelsea midfielder added: "I think it is time to bring in goal-line technology. "We had a meeting before the World Cup when we were told about a million different rule changes that hardly affect the game. "The big one, the one that affects the game today, hasn't been brought in so it is a no-brainer."

Source: ESA