I’ll be straight up and say first of all that I’m not one bit interested in football and things such as the world cup, where national pride is at stake, also fail to grab my interest – those who know me know what it think about the sport but that is not to say that the tech the goes into it these days is not worth writing about. We all know that England are out of the Cup and although they [apparently for all I know] were eliminated fair and square, it seems that Russia’s kick off the tables may be anything but fair.
According to Russia’s team coach Fabio Capello, Igor Akinfeev who is Russia’s goalkeeper was blinded by a laser that was aimed at him from the other end of the stadium in a bid to knock his attention, causing him to lose a goal.
Now as it stands there is some strong evidence from TV footage of the game that Akinfeev was indeed blinded by something being shone at him and this Capello made clear during a press conference directly after the game.
“He was blinded by the laser beam. There are pictures. You can see that in the footage. This not an excuse, it is a fact. There was a laser. I have never come up with excuses to get by in my entire life.”
What will come of the incident is not yet known and if a laser was shone at him, there is not likely to be any certainly as to who did it and from who’s point of view they were doing it and sadly this won’t change the outcome of the game where the US are through to the next round and Russia, like many other teams are on their way home.
I can probably guess that many of you are keen football fans so I’ll leave this topic open to discussion. What do you make of the incident? Should it be investigated further and should there be further checks at the stadium entrances to stop people from bringing in lasers for this purpose?