FIFA Finally Approves Goal-Line Technology
After much pressure from football loving fans, Football’s world governing body has finally agreed to allow the introduction of goal-line technology (GLT) that will determine whether a ball has crosses the goal line or not.
FIFA waste no time in announcing it that the technology will be used at the Club World Cup in Tokyo this year December 2012, the Confederation Cup in 2013 and also the World Cup in Brazil 2014.
The custodians of the game’s laws “International Football Association Board” (IFAB) decided yesterday shortly after a vote was carried out at the Zurich headquarters of FIFA.
It means footballing authorites around the world can introduce the technology into their competitions, using either the Hawk-Eye or GoalRef systems that have been undergoing tests.
The development comes after FIFA president Sepp Blatter lent his weight to calls for the technology to be introduced after Ukraine was denied an apparent goal against England in the recent Euro 2012 championships, losing 1-0.
“After last night’s match Goal Line Technology is no longer an alternative, but a necessity,” Blatter Tweeted.
Replays showed that Marko Devic’s shot in the 62nd minute had crossed the goal line before being cleared by England defender John Terry.
But opponents to GLT included UEFA president Michel Platini, who said he preferred the system of five match officials, implemented for the first time at the Ukrainian championships and also agreed on by IFAB at Zurich.