German maestro Thomas Broich has little time for the goal-line technology debate despite being robbed of a wonder-goal against Adelaide United.
Poor adjudicating cost him one of the best goals of his career, but A-League star Thomas Broich has rejected calls for goal-line technology.
Despite being robbed of a booming 25m strike against Adelaide on Sunday and his Brisbane Roar coach, Mike Mulvey, pushing for referees to receive extra help, Broich prefers to keep the human element in the game.
The German maestro, widely regarded as the best import in the history of the A-League, admitted it was heart-breaking to be denied a goal he would have “framed and put on the wall”.
However, he has no time for the debate and said players should accept denied goals like other incorrect decisions.
“It’s like any other situation in football; if you lose a game due to an off-side goal or a penalty that wasn’t a penalty,” Broich said on Monday.
“That’s part of the game. Sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you are unlucky and I think we just have to accept that.
“It’s a money issue too but I don’t think we really need it. There’s always going to be bad decisions in football and that’s part of the game.
“Players are not perfect and refs are not perfect.”
The English Premier League has invested in goal-line technology while the European Champions League employs a fourth official who stands behind the goal.
Broich’s first-half effort at Suncorp Stadium cannoned off the cross-bar onto the turf well behind the goal line before spinning back to Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.
“I know that at times it’s really frustrating and you can end up losing a game due to a silly decision but over the course of the season … there’s justice,” Broich said.
“If you are a good team and continue doing the right things you will get the results regardless.”
Former Socceroo Robbie Slater on Monday said the cost of technology had been prohibitive for the A-League but felt a fourth official should be put in place.
Brisbane’s 2-1 victory over Adelaide opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the competition with five rounds left and the Roar can seal the premier’s plate this weekend.
A win over Sydney FC on Friday night and losses by Western Sydney and Melbourne Victory, who must back up from Asian Champions League games, would end the premiership race.
The Roar must cope without Socceroos fullback Ivan Franjic who has been ruled out with an ankle injury.
Regular defensive back-up James Donachie is also currently sidelined, meaning Jack Hingert is likely to return to right back against the fourth-placed Sky Blues at Allianz Stadium.