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Goal-line technology to be used at FIFA's Club World Cup

03-05-2012 11:34 BJT

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One of soccer's biggest debates was settled in-principle on Saturday. FIFA officials tentatively approved the use of goal-line technology. It could be used for the first time at FIFA’s Club World Cup finals in Japan at the end of the year.

FA General Secretary Alex Horne said: "The good news is from phase one is we have absolute certainty, 100 percent certainty across most of the tests, 99 percent certainty, which is fine, for one of the tests. So we are very comfortable that the technology is proving itself and that is very important because after all it must be accurate otherwise it’s not worth having."

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said: "If we think the technology is something which is important; if we think we don’t want to see anymore what we have seen in South Africa and make sure also what has happened last week between AC Milan and Juventus will not happen at the World Cup in 2014 then I would say we will make sure that the system will be in place in the 12 stadiums."

The issue of goal-line technology has appeared on the International Football Association Board’s agenda during the last decade. FIFA president Sepp Blatter used to be a staunch opponent, but he changed his mind after Frank Lampard struck his infamous, disallowed goal for England against Germany in the 2010 World Cup finals.

The eight-man Board said that two companies, Hawk-Eye from Britain and GoalRef, a German-Danish company, would have their technologies subjected to further tests, until a final decision at a special I-FAB meeting in Kiev on July 2.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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