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FIFA Confirms Goal-Line Technology Will Be Implemented For 2014 World Cup
Published February 20, 2013
MAKING A U-TURN: REUTERS' Brian Homewood reported the two goal-line technology systems, HawkEye and GoalRef, "have so far been licensed by FIFA." FIFA said that a third system, developed in Germany, "had already passed examinations and that the providers were in licensing discussions." A fourth system, also German, "has also been tested with the results due this week." The use of goal-line technology "had previously been rejected by FIFA, which performed a U-turn following the controversy" over England's Frank Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany in the 2010 World Cup. Replays "clearly showed that the ball had crossed the line after bouncing down off the underside of the crossbar," but match officials did not award the goal. Germany, 2-1 ahead at the time, went on to win 4-1 (REUTERS, 2/19).
DOUBLE VISION: The Scotland DAILY RECORD reported HawkEye involves the use of cameras, while GoalRef is a more scientific system, involving "a low-frequency magnetic field surrounding the goal and an electronic circuit in the ball, with goal confirmation being transmitted in a fraction of a second to a watch worn by the referee" (DAILY RECORD, 2/19). In London, Giuseppe Muro reported UEFA President Michel Platini is "believed to prefer the use of five match officials, a system which has been used in the Champions League and the Europa League" (EVENING STANDARD, 2/19).