Oleg some distance from reality

So yes, England beat Ukraine and head happily into the quarter finals at Euro 2012 with absolutely no controversy surrounding their passage. Well, except for that perfectly legitimate goal scored by Marko Devic and not given by Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai.

Here’s the screenshot of that moment:

And here’s what Ukraine coach Oleh Volodymyrovych “Oleg” Blokhin said about it:

We scored a clean goal in the 63rd minute, as the ball crossed the goal line by over a metre.

Now, while I have heaps of sympathy with Blokhin and Ukraine (cos remember I have experience of this stuff here and here plus loads of other times I didn’t bother to document), I was unaware of the measurement of a Ukrainian Metre, which appears to be about twenty times smaller than a usual metric metre. Perhaps some hangover from the Soviet Union?

Incidentally, at the same press conference, Blokhin also had a pop at a journalist , saying:

Let’s go outside and have a man conversation.

Presumably, such man conversations involve a great deal of posturing, bravado and comparison of the length of their members; the size of which is something Ukrainian guys are famed for, although it now seems that they may have been measuring in local centimetres, thus diminishing the statue of their claims (and other things) somewhat.

Presumably there’s a Ukrainian Kilometre as well, then? Visitors to that country must think it’s HUGE, when Kiev to second city Kharkiv is listed as 9600km. That’s, like, bigger than Africa (but not if you measure Africa in Ukrainian kilometres, obviously).

But back to reality. Three things to ponder here:

1. Yes. There should be goal line technology in place and only now (that England have been advantaged by it) has Sepp Blatter seemingly woken up to that fact.
2. Were England cheating by having two goalkeepers on the field of play? Sky Sports suggests that yes, they were:

3. If the goal had stood and the match had finished 1-1, England would have gone through and Ukraine would not have gone through: pretty much exactly what happened anyway.

  • Well I think there was at least one other moment when England were advantaged by such a decision – Apparently it was quite an important game but as I was not born and I have only ever seen some grainy black and white images lets move on.

    Surely it would be next to impossible to have any more human involvement than was present last night. An extra official standing just metres away as the ball dropped. I guess we have to accept that humans just can not judge these things and some sort of technology / video ref is inevitable. As it never actually landed on the ground the fourth official maybe had no reference point to judge how far it was over the line. Had he been there in Bloemfontein maybe the human eye would have been able to judge it better, as the ball actually landed on the grass with the goaline as a reference.

    It is typical though, how the powers that be finally go public on changing their minds on this immediately after an English side benefits – and on penalty shoot outs when an English side benefits at the expense of a German side.

    Overall I am a bit gutted that we used up our major slice of luck in a game where everything was already going for us. We may have needed this to happen later in the tournament when things are not going so well.