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SBD Global/June 12, 2014/International Football

Blatter Does U-Turn, Proposes Video Replay Technology Allowing Managers' Challenges

In a "potentially revolutionary move," FIFA President Sepp Blatter "has proposed introducing video technology to allow managers to challenge two decisions per match," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Blatter: “We could do something more on the field of play.” Blatter "had been a longstanding opponent of goalline technology before being converted by Frank Lampard’s 'ghost goal' at the 2010 World Cup." Blatter added, “Why don’t we give team managers the possibility of two challenges for refereeing during a match? If a manager disagrees with a decision, he could ask for an immediate TV review with a referee.” After lengthy debate, the Int'l FA Board introduced goal-line technology last season, but the move to subjective video challenges "would be a significant departure." Scottish FA CEO Stewart Regan, who sits on the IFAB board, said that Blatter’s comments "had come out of the blue and it would take at least 20 months of technical work before any vote could be held." Regan: “It would be a complete departure from what we’ve said so far in that goalline technology is black and white. If a manager has an appeal and that results in the game being stopped, that interferes with how you and I understand football operates” (GUARDIAN, 6/11). BLOOMBERG's Tariq Panja noted football "is using goal-line technology for the first time at the World Cup." While sports, including tennis, have used video reviews to ensure the accuracy of rulings, football "has resisted because of the free-flowing nature of the game" (BLOOMBERG, 6/11).
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