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Injustice can't hide their flaws.

Byline: Frank Malley,

THEY will be talking about the miscarriage of justice for years to come.

They'll play the video of Frank Lampard's shot, that hit the bar and bounced over the line but was not spotted by officials, and say it was the moment England were cheated out of the 2010 World Cup.

And you can't get away from the fact it would have seen England level at 2-2 towards the end of the first half.

But it would also be wrong to say it cost England the World Cup because the Germans were irresistible at times in the 4-1 victory which saw them go through to the quarter-finals while England pack their bags for home.

Yes it's hard for England fans to take. It will gnaw away at them just as Geoff Hurst's controversial goal in the 1966 World Cup final has gnawed away at the Germans for 44 years.

But no one could argue Germany were not the better team. England were slower to the ball, bamboozled by a side full of silky skills and penetrative creativity.

Still, it should have been 2-2 and that will be one of the enduring stories in World Cup history.

But rather than blame the linesman England might direct their displeasure at FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, who has relentlessly dismissed the use of video technology.

It would have taken 10 seconds to determine the fact that the ball had not just crossed the line but landed some two feet past it.

But in truth it would not have changed the fact England were miles behind the Germans. And way short of being world class.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 28, 2010
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