First France qualifies for the Cup by Thierry Henry handling the ball not once but twice before passing the winning goal against Ireland. This was in November 2009. Fast forward to yesterday, where England is denied a clear, undisputable goal against Germany. A couple of hours after that, Argentina scores against Mexico by a player who was apparently born offside and left there.
That's only for starters, earlier Cup rounds saw a bunch other refereeing failures. I'm sure Sepp Blatter of FIFA has been happy to view this parade of "human element" from his coffin err... I mean the VIP stand. Nobody should accuse FIFA for not being responsive though. In a classic red herring move they confirmed today they'll start an "investigation" with Adidas regarding the design of the official and much flamed Jabulani World Cup ball.
How difficult was it to adopt technical measures to help referees in other sports? Hockey and tennis, or even freakin' ski jumping come to mind. Has anyone complained about the loss of human element (i.e. umpire mistakes) there?