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Fifa to use goal-line technology at next World Cup

GHOST GOAL: Lampard's disallowed 2010 World Cup goal against Germany in six different stages

GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY has been given the green light for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Fifa announced the decision, saying they had reached the conclusion it was suitable after the system was successfully trialled at last December’s Club World Cup in Japan.

Also, the technology has been scheduled for implementation at the Confederations Cup this summer.

The introduction of goal-line technology, which is referred back to when officials are unsure whether the ball has or has not crossed the goal-line, has been previously been met with some resistance by figures at the top of the sport.

Uefa president Michel Platini was one outspoken critic – last December he said the cost of installing the technology is “an expensive luxury” and that the money would be “better spent on grassroots football”.

However, ever since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when England went out to Germany in the last 16 – featuring a Frank Lampard goal that was disallowed through human error, Fifa president Sepp Blatter has supported efforts to bring in the new technology. His organisation invited manufacturers, including the likes of Hawk-Eye which operate systems for cricket and tennis, to demonstrate their own merits in order to win the contract.

Lampard’s goal that never was marked a watershed moment in the sport – Blatter even said “sorry” after England exited the tournament, apologising for the mistake of Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda, who failed to see the Chelsea midfielder’s strike was a yard over Manuel Neuer’s goal-line.

Fifa has whittled down the list of candidates who could supply the technology to two – Hawk-Eye and German company Goalref, which utilises magnetic sensors to detect whether the ball has crossed the line.

Hawk-Eye, a company founded in England but now owned by Sony Europe, has a different method; it employs a multiple camera system to pinpoint the ball’s exact location on the field of play.

Both firms are expected to bid for the contract, and Fifa’s final selection is expected to be made this April.

“After a successful implementation of Goal-Line Technology (GLT) at the Club World Cup in Japan in December 2012, Fifa has decided to use GLT at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil”, read a Fifa statement.

“The aim is to use GLT in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadia, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests.”

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