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Int'l FA Board Votes Against Use Of Video Replay In Soccer

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke Feels 
Technology Should Not Be Allowed In Soccer

The Int'l Football Association Board Saturday "voted against continuing any further experiments with goal-line technology and effectively ended any chance of video replays coming" into soccer, according to the PA. FIFA General Secretary Jérôme Valcke at the IFAB meeting in Zurich said that the game "should be prepared to accept referees' mistakes but admitted he hoped the ruling would not be shown up in this summer's World Cup in South Africa." Valcke: "Technology should not enter into the game. It was a clear, clear statement made by the majority of the board. The main part of the game should be humans -- players and referees. Whatever are the mistakes -- and yes, there are mistakes -- people will review the match and discuss what happened but there was a clear statement that technology should not enter in the game. If we start with goal-line technology then any part of the game and pitch will be a potential space where you could put in place technology to see if the ball was in or out, whether it was a penalty and then you end up with video replays" (PA, 3/7). In London, Nick Szczepanik notes "within hours" of the decision, English soccer club Birmingham City was denied a goal in its FA Cup quarterfinal loss to Portsmouth when the ball "crossed the goalline but was not spotted by officials." Valcke said that soccer will "have to continue to accept such errors" (LONDON TIMES, 3/8).

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