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SBD Global/June 21, 2012/International Football

FIFA President Says Goal-line Technology A Necessity

Support for goal-line technology is high after England's controversial win Tuesday.
The introduction of goal-line technology "appears all but inevitable" in the wake of Ukraine's 1-0 defeat to England at the European Championships Tuesday, according to Kevin McCarra of the London GUARDIAN. FIFA President Sepp Blatter hopes to convince the game's rule-makers -- the Int'l Football Association Board -- "to give technology the green light." Blatter posted on Twitter, "After last night's match #GLT is no longer an alternative but a necessity." Until now, UEFA President Michel Platini "has been adamant that decisions must be made by officials." After Ukraine's loss, UEFA admitted that a goal "should have been awarded," but chief referee Pierluigi Collina said that "no blame was being attributed to the officials." Collina said, "I wish we hadn't made the mistake but we did. Referees are human beings and human beings make mistakes. It's one negative decision in three years of Champions League, two years of Europa League and 24 Euro 2012 matches. This is the only problem we've had." Platini said, "Goalline technology isn't a problem. The problem is the arrival of technology because, after, you'll need technology for deciding handballs and then for offside decisions and so on. It'll be like that forever and ever. It'll never stop. That's the problem I have." (GUARDIAN, 6/20). Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin said after the loss, "What can I say? There are five referees on the pitch and the ball was half a metre over the line. [Ukraine forward Marko] Devic scored a goal and I don't know why it wasn't allowed" (REUTERS, 6/20).
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