PRETORIA - Argentina's goalkeepers
weighed in against different forms of technology on Monday with
one saying aids would rob football of its essence while another
reckoned the World Cup ball may be causing Lionel Messi's goal
Argentina's Carlos Tevez was offside for the first goal in
Sunday's 3-1 win over Mexico while England's Frank Lampard had a
shot which crossed the line but was not given, reopening the
debate about whether technology should be introduced.
"Technology? Not for me, because it takes away what football
is about," Argentina's giant pony-tailed first-choice keeper
Sergio Romero told a news conference.
"Football is for people who play with cunning...so to put
technology like a chip in the ball to see if it went in...I
think you take away the cunning and then football ends for the
"Football is for the cunning, not for technology."
Messi's failure to score in Argentina's four matches could
be down to the controversial synthetic and seamless Jabulani
ball, reserve keeper Mariano Andujar said.
Messi has come close to scoring on several occasions as the
twice champions reached a quarter-final against Germany but he
has yet to add to his solitary goal at the 2006 finals.
"I was surprised that they made such a bad ball for such an
important competition," said Andujar of the widely-criticised
official tournament ball.
"This goes beyond making the goalkeeper's job more
complicated, it affects crossfield passes which move about and
are hard for players to dominate (and when) Lionel kicks to the
far post and the ball doesn't take the spin he wants to give it.
"It doesn't allow the great players at this World Cup to
express or show everything they can do with a ball at their
feet," he said at Argentina's University of Pretoria base.
Central defender Walter Samuel took part in a practice game
involving coach Diego Maradona's reserve players against their
sparring junior team having recovered from a thigh muscle injury
and should be available for selection against Germany.
Argentina face the Germans in Cape Town on Saturday looking
to avenge their elimination by the same opponents at the same
stage of the 2006 finals in Germany.
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