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Blatter talks up goal-line technology

By Football News



JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: Joseph Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA looks on during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and Burkina at FNB Stadium on February 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: Joseph Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA looks on during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and Burkina at FNB Stadium on February 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says goal-line technology is 'no longer an alternative but a necessity'.

The Euro 2012 Group D clash between England and Ukraine on Tuesday produced the latest in a succession of high-profile errors, with the tournament co-hosts not awarded a goal in the second half at the Donbass Arena, despite the ball having crossed the goal-line.

England, who were the victims of a similar incident against Germany at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, went on to win the match in Donetsk 1-0, ending Ukraine's participation.

European football governing body UEFA have stationed two additional officials behind each goal in a bid eliminate referee errors in and around the penalty area.

But the case for a technological solution appeared to receive a significant boost on Wednesday, with Blatter tweeting: "After last night’s match #GLT (Goal-line technology) is no longer an alternative but a necessity."

FIFA are due to decide on July 5 between the five-official system and two experimental technological solutions, one modelled on the Hawk-Eye system used in cricket and tennis.

Hawk-Eye was trialled in England's friendly match against Belgium at Wembley Stadium on June 2.