Fifa's determination to show off its goal-line technology to the watching world at the World Cup finally served a purpose during France and Honduras' Group E clash in Porto Alegre, however one man left confused was Jonathan Pearce.
This is somewhat ironic, since BBC commentator Pearce used to commentate on Robot Wars yet malfunctioned as football's robots proved France had scored a second goal.
Karim Benzema met Yohan Cabaye's cross and hit the post, however the ball bounced off Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares and crossed the line. Goal. Two-nil France. Try telling that to Pearce.
Needlessly, Fifa showed the ball had NOT crossed the line when it struck the woodwork, then confirmed it did seconds later after it bounced off Valladares. Pearce, though, still did not get it.
"The whole goal line technology debate will flare up again," he shrilled. No, Jonathan. It won't. Pearce, however, still labelled it "controversial".
To compound the worst Pearce performance since Stuart's against West Germany in 1990, he incorrectly though Blaise Matuidi had scored when he hit the side netting.
Jonathan Pearce doesn't understand the concept of two separate incidents— James Dickens (@JamesN11) June 15, 2014
Jonathan Pearce doesn't believe in mobile phones and denies the existence of the internet.— Seat Pitch (@SeatPitch) June 15, 2014
Pearce commentated on Robot Wars when Tornado was allowed to put a outer cage on so it couldn't fit in the pit and he's bothered by this?— Mike Edwards (@_MikeEdwards) June 15, 2014
Will someone at the BBC give Martin Keown a pen and paper so he can draw a diagram for Jonathan Pearce— Simon Mullock (@MullockSMirror) June 15, 2014
Pearce doubting robots, there.— James Dall (@JamesDallESPN) June 15, 2014
LOL why the fuck is Pearce so furious? This is amazing.— Mike Edwards (@_MikeEdwards) June 15, 2014
Send Pearce off— Doron Salomon (@DoronSalomon) June 15, 2014
"Oh. Hang on. I get it now" - Jonathan Pearce in about 4 years— Daniel Sandison (@DanielSandison) June 15, 2014