Blatter: Technology a 'necessity'
Wed 20th Jun 2012 | IT & Technology
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has reiterated his view that goal-line technology is "a necessity" following England's let-off against Ukraine.
The European Championship co-hosts were denied an equaliser in Tuesday night's decisive 1-0 Group D defeat to England when officials failed to spot Marco Devic's shot had crossed the line.
The International Football Association Board are set to confirm next month which goal-line technology system has been approved - it should be in place for the 2013/14 Premier League season - and for Blatter it cannot come quickly enough.
He posted on Twitter: "After last night's match #GLT is no longer an alternative but a necessity."
Blatter became a convert to goal-line technology after Frank Lampard was denied a legitimate goal in England's 2010 World Cup defeat to Germany.
That failed to convince UEFA president Michel Platini - the favourite to succeed Blatter as the most powerful man in world football - who remained wedded to his belief additional assistant referees behind each goal was the best way forward.
Yet, Tuesday night's referee, assistant referee and AAR all failed to spot Devic's shot had narrowly crossed the line before John Terry's acrobatic clearance prevent it hitting the back of the net.
Next month, the game's rule makers - the International Football Association Board - will meet in Switzerland.
That July 5th meeting is expected to rubber-stamp the introduction of technology for the first time in the game's history.
Extensive testing has been conducted on two very different systems.
One is Hawk-Eye, a mixture of cameras and mathematics familiar to watchers of cricket and tennis.
The other is called GoalRef, in which a special ball interacts with a magnetic field in the goal.
Hawk-Eye has already been installed at Wembley, and was tested during England's friendly with Belgium earlier this month.
The Football Association wants goal-line technology introduced as soon as is possible, and it's clear the English Premier League shares that view. Certainly, all match officials are in favour.
Hawk-Eye appear confident in their system, and it seems there is little to stop it being introduced part-way through the next Premier League season.
There was perhaps a time when there was neither the will, nor good enough goal-mouth gizmos, to make the move.
However, it seems now the technology is there, and incidents like that in the Ukraine-England game are occurring far too often for it not to be dealt with.
Yes we like to have things to talk about after the game and the moment we sanitise it something will be lost.
But on this issue of right or wrong - did the ball cross the line or not? - supporters, officials, clubs, international teams and the game's governing bodies need new clarity.
Posted by: Kev Howland
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