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SBD Global/June 29, 2012/International Football

Goal-Line Technology To Get Green Light From Board

It will come as "little consolation" to Ukraine, but goal-line technology will be "given the green light", according to Peter Lansley of the LONDON TIMES. Int'l Football Association Board sources indicated that they are "satisfied with exhaustive tests completed by Hawk-Eye and GoalRef." They are still questions as to whether the systems will be "completely accurate in every circumstance," but the test results are believed to be "positive enough even for the doubters" on the IFAB to give it the green light. The IFAB will make sure that the systems are approved as an aid to officials "rather than as automated decision makers" so referees will still be the ones making the final call on goal line plays. The IFAB will also look at whether UEFA's "experiment with extra officials has been a success" (LONDON TIMES, 6/28).
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