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FIFA consider goalline technology

Fri 9th Jul 2010 | FIFA

The strongest indication yet that the refereeing system will change for the next World Cup with goalline technology and extra officials being considered, according to a FIFA executive.

Speaking to the BBC, FIFA general secretary, Jerome Valcke said "I would say that it is the final World Cup with the current refereeing system”.

It appears FIFA's past resistance to change could be shifting after some wrong calls in the World Cup, most notably Frank Lampard's disallowed effort for England against Germany.

Valcke said the failure to award Lampard's effort was a "bad day" for organisers.

"We are talking about a single goal not seen by the referee which is why we are talking about new technology," he said in an interview with the British broadcaster.

"But again let's see if this system will help or whether giving the referee an additional four eyes will give him the comfort and make duty easier to perform, then why not?"

FIFA president Sepp Blatter apologised to the Football Association after the England game insisting it would be a "nonsense" not to look again at the merits of goalline technology such as the Hawk-Eye system used in tennis and cricket.

Valcke said the increased speed of modern soccer had hastened the need for reform.

"The game is different and the referees are older than all the players," he said.

"The game is so fast, the ball is flying so quickly, we have to help them and we have to do something and that's why I say it is the last World Cup under the current system."

The FIFA official said soccer's lawmaking body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), was unlikely to hold serious discussions on the matter at their next meeting later this month, but rather when they sit again in October.

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