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SBD Global/December 6, 2012/International Football
FIFA Launches Goal-Line Technology In Japan As Club World Cup Gets Underway
Published December 6, 2012
OFFICIATING REVOLUTION: The PA reported FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke hailed "a kind of revolution" as the football world prepared for the introduction of goal-line technology. FIFA was "staunchly against the use of any form of technology for many years, but the winds changed in the wake of the 2010 World Cup, where England was denied a clear goal against Germany when Frank Lampard's shot crossed the line." Valcke said, "It's a big day. Tomorrow will be the first time that goal-line technology will be officially used in a game. The tests are done; and the instillation tests were successful (PA, 12/5). The AP reported that before each match, officials "will test the system is working in both goals." The referee will "continue to have full autonomy in making any final decision during the match, using goal-line technology as an additional aid" (AP, 12/5).