Sunday, March 27, 2011

World Cup may have goal-line technology

The goal that wasn't..Frank Lampard strike in England's round of 16
clash against Germany in world cup 2010 was controversially

World soccer boss Joseph Blatter expects goal-line technology to be in place for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"I believe we will have a system in 2012 which allows us to say whether it was a goal or not. And this system will then be introduced for the 2014 World Cup," FIFA president Blatter said in an interview with French TF1 television broadcast on Sunday.
The ruling body FIFA has been reluctant to bring modern technology into football to help referees. But a growing number of players, referees and officials want technology to help determine whether a ball has crossed the line or not, via video evidence or a chip in the ball.
The issue is being re-assessed because a clear England goal in the round of 16 match with Germany at the 2010 World Cup was not given by match officials.
"To avoid what the English have (named) a flagrant injustice, the discussion had to be re-opened, and that is what we did," Blatter told TF1.
FIFA decided earlier this month to delay a decision on goal-line technology to allow further testing of chip balls and goal cameras.
A decision is now expected in March 2012 from the International Football Association Board which oversees the laws of the game.

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