Football may have prospered without technology, but for the majority of its existence, the technology was simply not available and not relevant. As technology advances, the game must move forward with the times in order to maintain peoples' interest.
While technology can disrupt the game, a lot of the time - such as when a goal is scored or a red card issued - the game has already come to a halt so the overall flow of the game is barely affected.
During the 2018 World Cup, the average VAR review lasted 80 seconds
and fears that games would be considerably lengthened - as they have been in rugby, for example - were unfounded.
There have been plenty of subtle rule changes and it is difficult to compare players of different eras, not least because the boots players wear, the balls they kick and the pitches they play on are unrecognisable from those their predecessors experienced.
While "taking the rough with the smooth" is a valuable life lesson and one that applies to sport, technology takes some of the frustration out of watching away - and is more likely to convert a casual fan into a committed one.