Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

The Punter: Fair play to Ladbrokes, if not to woeful England

Fair play to Ladbrokes for staying inside line with the the goal denied to England in that defeat by Germany.

The firm offered 10-1 on England scoring a goal with the ball coming off the crossbar and crossing the line, similar to the match we are never allowed to forget at Wembley back in 1966.

In that final, Geoff Hurst’s strike never crossed the line after it came off the underside of the bar but a goal was given and England went on to victory.

This time the ball was a yard behind the enemy line but officialdom was blind to what was clear to everyone else watching the game, including an embarrassed Sepp Blatter who, now, has admitted there’s a need to review the use of technology.

You don’t need goalline technology. Just look at television replays — at no additional cost.

The odds on what occurred, and England not getting the goal, must have been astronomical but ‘Laddies' have agreed to pay out to anyone who took up their offer which, at first sight, looked skinny.

Meanwhile, Hill’s go 5-1 goalline technology will be introduced in the next World Cup. It’s more than likely it will be used for the Euro 2012 finals and even for next season’s Champions League decider.

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