Instant Replay in Soccer

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NAME: JOSHUA EMENIKE
DATE: 1/28/2011
COURSE: UNV 103 MODULE 6: WRITING ESSENTIALS
INSTRUCTOR: RON FRIESEN (Instructor)
TOPIC: INSTANT REPLAYS IN SOCCER: SHOULD THE USE OF INSTANT REPLAY BE INTRODUCED TO CURB CHEATING IN THE GAME?

My stand: institute instant replays for soccer! Because—
1. It will reign in misbehavior by fans that are upset by wrong calls made in a game. 2. It would bring integrity to the game by clarifying if a goal is a goal. 3. It would bring clarity to a player’s behavior.

The use of instant replay in sports has been a hot topic for at least the last decade here at home and abroad. Cheating has been mostly prevalent in soccer in comparison to other major sports, like football and basketball. Soccer is a game that has failed to adapt to modern advancements and technologies, the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) have repeatedly refused to introduce any form of technology that would help referees to make the right decisions on the pitch. Hence, experts and journalists have always questioned the credibility of these organizations, as a result. Thus the only ones left to defend the lack of instant replays are FIFA and IFAB. (Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal, 6/28/2010, World Cup 2010). Growing up in a country where soccer plays a huge role in people’s life, some live for it while some take it as a religion. I have come to the understanding of the fact that numerous hearts are broken when the wrong calls are made against their team or players, people take out their frustrations and anger on anything they can lay their hand on; for example, “due to the repeated wrong calls by the referee that led to Stoke City F.C. beating Blackburn Rover 3-0 on the 6th of February, 2010, a fan died after having a garbage can smashed into his head by an opposing fan.” (Paul Coupar, Guardian papers;...
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