Goal-line technology a ‘necessity’,says Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said goal-line technology was a necessity

Written by Agencies | Donetsk | Published: June 21, 2012 1:17:06 am

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said goal-line technology was a necessity after officials controversially denied Ukraine a goal against England in their Euro 2012 match on Tuesday.

Marco Devic thought he had equalised for the co-hosts to bring them potentially within a goal of qualifying for the quarter-finals but Hungarian officials waved play on after an acrobatic clearance from England defender John Terry. Television replays suggested the ball had crossed the line.

Goal-line technology is expected to be formally sanctioned by the International Football Association Board,who govern the laws of the game,on July 5. Blatter tweeted: “After last night’s match,GLT (goal-line technology) is no longer an alternative but a necessity.”

England,again

There have been a number of memorable goal-line incidents to which critics often hark back whenever a fresh controversy occurs. The most famous came in the 1966 World Cup final,when Geoff Hurst’s shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down was ruled a goal. It gave England a 3-2 lead and Hurst later completed his hat trick for a 4-2 win over West Germany.

At the 2010 World Cup,a shot from distance by England midfielder Frank Lampard bounced down behind goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s line before spinning back out. Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda looked across at his linesman and allowed play to continue. The goal would have made it 2-2,but instead England lost 4-1.

UEFA boss Platini,who has been vocal in his opposition of the goal-line technology,had said Monday that if an official had been beside the goal that day,he would have spotted that Lampard’s shot crossed the line. “Of course,because it’s his job to see if the ball is inside the line,” Platini said. Two days later,those words are coming back to haunt him.

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