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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.