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SBD Global/October 22, 2013/International Football

DFL Won't Change Stance On Goal-Line Technology Despite Phantom Goal

The German Football League (DFL) "will not change its basic stance on the issue of goal-line technology despite Friday's phantom goal," according to the SID. DFL Managing Dir Andreas Rettig said, "We aren't against technological progress at the DFL, but we are talking about a very complex system, which is possibly still failure-prone. A margin of error of three centimeters, as FIFA allows, is not acceptable for us." In addition, Rettig pointed out the various systems that are preferred by different int'l associations. UEFA is in favor of goal-line referees, FIFA on the other hand will use the goal-line technology of German company GoalControl during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The 50-year-old also said that there are several unanswered questions: "Are we only implementing the system in the Bundesliga or also in the 2nd Bundesliga?" "What's the criteria for non-league competitions such as the German Cup (DFB-Pokal) or relegation?" However, Rettig said that the DFL's opposition to the system "is based on the three centimeter tolerance, which we don't accept" (SID, 10/21).
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