Football: Blatter impatient for goal-line technology

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  • LONDON, March 2, 2012 (AFP) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday that he is desperate to see goal-line technology introduced to football as quickly as possible.
    Blatter is in England for a meeting of the rule-making body the International FA Board (IFAB), which is due to receive reports on the testing of various goal-line systems ahead of a final decision in July.
    The FIFA supremo had been opposed to goal-line technology, but a goal by England midfielder Frank Lampard that was controversially not given against Germany at the 2010 World Cup was enough to change his mind.
    "We don't want a repeat of the last World Cup," he said.
    "I think I can convince the IFAB board that we must go forward with technology. We cannot afford to just wait and see what happens."
    UEFA president Michel Platini has expressed a preference for extra officials behind either goal-line, but Blatter is determined to press ahead with more high-tech alternatives.
    "Platini doesn't want it but I wouldn't want to be at a World Cup again and witness another situation," he said. "I would die."
    The IFAB is made up of FIFA, who have four votes, and representatives from the Football Associations of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
    FIFA say the new system must pass strict accuracy criteria and deliver an instant verdict to the match referee on whether or not the ball has crossed the line.
    One of the systems being considered by IFAB has been developed by British company Hawkeye, whose technology is already used at major tennis and cricket events.
    The issue of goal-line technology hit the headlines again earlier this week after AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari was not awarded a goal despite his header clearly crossing the line in his side's 1-1 draw with Juventus in Serie A last weekend.


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