No 2010 goal-line technology - IFAB

Monday, March 15, 2010
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - No goal-line technology will be used during the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has ruled.

Goal-line technology is a proposed technology which signals the referee when the ball has crossed the goal-line, thus indicating whether a goal has been scored or not.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has also added his voice in support of the IFAB decision.

"No matter which technology is applied, at the end of the day a decision will have to be taken by a human being.

"This being the case, why remove the responsibility from the referee to give it to someone else? It is often the case that, even after a slow-motion replay, ten different experts will have ten different opinions on what the decision should have been," he said.

Soccer fans and most team head coaches began to push for the implementation of the technology on the field following the controversial decisions taken by referees.

The latest incident happened last November when France qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a goal which should have been disallowed for handball.

French star Thierry Henry shattered the Irish when he clearly controlled the ball with his hand before passing it to team-mate William Gallas to score an important equaliser which saw France qualifying for the World Cup.

Blatter said FIFA's goal is to improve the quality of refereeing, making referees more professional and better prepared, and to assist referees as much as possible.

He also said the application of modern technologies can be very costly and therefore not applicable on a global level.

Blatter further said experiments conducted by companies on technology in football are also expensive.

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