Usain Bolt has always fancied himself as a footballer. He has made no secret of the fact that he’d love to play for Manchester United one day. This evening, he fulfilled his dream of playing at Old Trafford. Only, it was for the Rest of the World XI at Soccer Aid.
The 100m world record holder was a constant threat in behind, his pace constantly playing on the mind of England centre-backs Phil Neville and Wes Brown.
On one occasion, Bolt found himself on his favoured left foot, not far form goal, at an acute angle. The Jamaican managed to dig a shot out from under his feet that flew over David Seaman (not for the first time) and clipped the inside of the bar.
As the ball dropped, where it bounced is up for debate. From some angles it appeared to cross the line, but from other angles, video footage is inconclusive.
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 10, 2018
Of course, in the Premier League, goal-line technology would have resolved this issue. But the technology had not been installed for tonight’s charity friendly, so I guess we’ll never know.
Viewers at home were raging that there was no technological help to award Bolt his goal.
So no goal line technology or VAR? #SoccerAid2018
— Tom (@Tomster7uk) June 10, 2018
Robbie Savage also suggested that VAR would have cleared it up, forgetting that VAR and goal-line technology are not the same thing.
It’s called Goal Line Technology for that one, not VAR Robbie. Idiot. #socceraid2018
— Matthew Lloyd (@mrmglloyd) June 10, 2018
— Anthony Gill (@AntGill77) June 10, 2018
— nick briggs (@nickbriggs72) June 10, 2018
Where’s goal line technology when you actually need it?? 🤣🤣 #SoccerAid2018
— Mikey Thompson (@rugbyaddict88) June 10, 2018
Did bolts shot go over the line for a goal ? #SoccerAid2018
— joe.d.96 (@J___DALTON) June 10, 2018
Is goal line technology not in use?
— Jamie Hugill #TeamLH (@hugill_jamie) June 10, 2018
— Rodney Watson (@RodneyMWatson) June 10, 2018