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SBD Global/October 16, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Bundesliga Says No To Goal-Line Technology, Worries About Accuracy

The Bundesliga "will reportedly not introduce goal-line technology," according to SPORT BILD. This is the result of a German Football Federation (DFB) board meeting, in which head referee Herbert Fandel "expressed his concern about the technology." FIFA allows national federations to decide if they want to use a goal judge or goal-line technology, which all have a margin of error between two and three centimeters. This margin of error is, in the opinion of a task force that includes Fandel, "considerably too much." The task force worries that when "a ball crosses the goal line by two or three centimeters, the technology does not signal a goal and TV images later prove that the ball clearly crossed the line." The German Football League (DFL) has asked the 36 Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga clubs to submit their opinion on the possible introduction of goal-line technology by Monday. The DFL also asked how much the clubs are willing to invest in such a technology (SPORT BILD, 10/15).
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