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FINALLY: FIFA Considering 'Goal-line Technology'

There's been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the officiating at this year's World Cup and it's led to many calls for FIFA to introduce goal-line technology.

First it was Thierry Henry's handball that was instrumental in Ireland being knocked out of the running for tournament. Though Henry admitted his mistake and stated the goal shouldn't have been allowed, the referee's decision was final and France went on to the World Cup while the Irish team was left to wallow in what might have been.

Since the World Cup began, supporters of the introduction of video-replays or goal-line technology have been given several more reasons to doubt FIFA's decision to rely only on the officials on the pitch. Côte d'Ivoire, the USA, England, Germany, Mexico and Serbia have all been victims of questionable decisions on the referee's part.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter this week apologized to Mexico and England for erroneous officiating decisions made in matches over the weekend. Blatter referred to the disallowed English goal and said FIFA will 'reopen the file' on the use of goal-line technology.

"Naturally we deplore when you see the evidence of refereeing mistakes," Blatter said. He was later quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying, "After having witnessed such a situation, we have to open again this file, definitely."

Though it's a start, Blatter only specifically mentioned goal-line technology, declaring it will be the only variety of assistance being discussed in July.

"The only principle we are going to bring back for discussion is goal-line technology," Blatter said, according to the New York Times.

Though the rules won't be changed in time for the final games, Blatter said the International Football Association Board would be considering changes at a July meeting set to take place in Wales.

  • davcon
    I'm a big NHL fan and found it ridiculous that the biggest sport in the World didn't have video goal review.
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  • lifelesspoet
    Bad calls are the absolute worst part of soccer. When a game can be decided by one disallowed goal or a single bad call, it really takes some excitement away. Most other sports have embraced this, I think this is long past due.
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  • micr0be
    it's not like the decision of the goal changes anything right ?
    1 goal 2 goals .. no goal ... its all fun right ?

    tell that to the millions of ppl watching.
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  • SneakySnake
    I'm still pissed off about the england disallowed goal.

    It probably wouldn't have changed anything, but ya never know. Going into half time tied 2-2 and just tieing it up is a heck of a lot better mental mindset then being down a goal and knowing the you just had a legit goal disallowed.
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  • matt87_50
    and look at the mess the French made of it too! they clearly didn't deserve to be there!
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  • Firehead2k
    Bad calls are unfortunate, but also a part of football. Having a sensor that triggers when the ball fully crosses the goal line is not a bad idea, but that's where it should stop. Adding video reviews would make football a slow game with too many interruptions like handegg.
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  • eklipz330
    robots for referees!
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  • Old news.

    This was posted yesterday all over the world including big news sites like CNN.

    Don't care if you vote me down for pointing this.
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  • one-shot
    They need to consider the Vuvuzela as the official instrument, too. Go VUVUEZELA!
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  • shloader
    firehead2kBad calls are unfortunate, but also a part of football. Having a sensor that triggers when the ball fully crosses the goal line is not a bad idea, but that's where it should stop. Adding video reviews would make football a slow game with too many interruptions like handegg.
    eh... it's 90 minutes one way or the other. They don't even stop the clock when they pull a guy off the field. I think every player should be awarded the opportunity to video challenge being carded with a limit like tennis. Bad goal calls are only one thing plaguing Football. Something has got to be done about all this goddamn flipping and when you get rid of that shit I'm certain the pace of the game will improve.
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