London, June 28 (DPA) Not a fan of electronic line-calling in tennis, six-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer, however, is convinced that technology would vastly help refereeing in football.
A day after horror-show officiating errors in the England vs Germany and Argentina vs Mexico World Cup matches, the world number two Swiss said Monday that electronics would be a welcome addition to the Beautiful Game.
‘I do struggle a little bit with soccer at the time because there’s so many mistakes from umpires,’ said the Wimbledon top seed. ‘Don’t blame them, they’re so far away sometimes from what’s happening.
‘So many goals are disallowed that are goals and others are not counted that would be goals. It’s frustrating as a fan.
‘You just hope that all those things go for you when you’re like in this kind of a stage of a tournament. They could have been sent home just because of that single mistake, and it’s incredible.
‘I think it’s rough, to me it seems like it’s just crying for a change, a bit.’
England scored against Germany Sunday but the officials seemingly did not see that the ball had clearly crossed the line. Argentina scored a goal from a blatant offside position.
While he’s all for football upgrading, Federer has never approved of the Hawk-eye electronic system which judges within millimetres whee a tennis ball has landed on grass, hardcourt and indoor in his own sport. It’s not needed on clay due to ball marks.
‘We have electronic line calling even though we don’t need it. They (football) should have it, and they don’t. So it’s a choice the guys have to make at the top,’ said Federer.
The Swiss, careful not to offend countryman Sepp Blatter, who heads the ruling football body FIFA, said there is a fundamental difference in needs between football and tennis.
‘One forehand down the line doesn’t change the outcome of the match; whereas one goal changes the entire mindset of a team, of a strategy.
‘In tennis, we don’t have that. Guys (linesmen) are sitting there, not moving. They’re only staring at the line. It’s so much more simple. It’s going to even out throughout a career or a season, the good and bad calls.’
But he added: ‘Goals, it’s such a huge impact in those 90 minutes. It changes everything, there’s so many ways of trying to adjust the system.’