Add members of the Ukrainian national soccer team and its multitude of fans at Donbass Arena to the ranks of those in favor of instant replay at Euro 2012 and other international competitions.
With his team trailing England, 1-0, in the 62nd minute in its final match in Group D, Ukranian forward Marko Devic appeared to score an equalizer. Devic received the ball on the break, turned around England defender John Terry and then fired toward the net. The ball deflected off the goaltender, lifting high into the air before seeming to cross the goal line. But Terry charged into the goal and cleared it out with his right foot.
The co-hosts immediately called for the officials to rule the play a goal, but to no avail. Needing a win to advance, Ukraine could ill afford to have any deserved scores not counted.
Replays certainly seem to show the entire ball crossing the line even if the scoreboard never did.
Ironically, England found itself on the wrong side of a similar situation at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when Frank Lampard appeared to score a goal to tie Germany. While most saw the play as a Lampard score, the most important man, the official, did not. At the time, Lampard called goal-line technology a no-brainer. Does he feel the same way today?
It came as no surprise that the Twitterverse became outraged with the disallowed goal. Here are just some of the reactions.
US Soccer Daily