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Gerrard to FIFA: "Why aren't the players ever asked?"

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 Steven Gerrard today backed calls for the introduction of goal-line technology.

The England captain and his teammates were left deflated by the decision not to award Frank Lampard's 'goal' in the World Cup last-16 tie with Germany last weekend - despite the ball clearly crossing the line.

UEFA experimented with extra officials during Europa League matches last season and Gerrard believes the system is the minimum that should have been adopted for the South Africa finals.

He said: "It was a success then. Why not use the same system at the World Cup?

"If there had been a linesman behind the German goal then maybe England would still be in the World Cup."

FIFA confirmed in the aftermath of England's defeat to Germany they would reopen their investigation into the feasibility of installing goal-line technology.

Gerrard feels the players themselves should be consulted for their thoughts during the review process.

"When these decisions are made they are always made by officials," said the Liverpool star. "They don't play the game, do they?

"The decision not to award Frank's goal was a shocker.

"I was 25 yards out and I could see clearly that it was over the line, so I can't understand why the linesman didn't give it.

"He was a good 20 yards behind play, which is disappointing at this level, and I hope it opens the debate up again about goal-line technology.


"FIFA have to look at it now because what happened with us was scary. It just isn't good enough.

"My opinion is that goal-line technology should be brought in and I know I'm not alone in thinking that.

"We have seen a lot of rule changes over the years - most of them good - but I can't understand why there is so much opposition to this technology because we are talking about decisions that can decide things as big as the World Cup.

"What will happen is the decision will be made by people who don't play the game and who aren't affected by these mistakes.

"Why aren't the players ever asked? I'm sure that most of them would vote for goal-line technology to be introduced."

www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/gerrard-time-for-change


Stevie's right in every way. There were extra goal line officials used during the Europa League. Liverpool benefitted once from the extra official who awarded a goal to Dirk Kuyt in the quarter finals. Stevie's also right about the sad fact that it's the officials making all these decisions, and they don't even play the game. dun worry stevie, the german demolition of argentina proved that maybe it wasn't england being bad, it was germany being good - really really really really good
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