IFAB Gives Goal-Line Technology Green Light
Football's "most heated controversy," is being consigned to history after FIFA "finally approved technology systems to help officials" decide if a goal has been scored, according to Roger Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The "unanimous decision" by the Int'l Football Association Board, clears the way for "professional leagues to introduce" either of the two approved systems; Hawk-Eye or GoalRef. The EPL has already said it would introduce the new technology "as soon as is practically possible". This is "likely to be during the middle of the coming season." The FA "described the decision as historic." FA CEO Alex Horne said, "It is a hugely important day. It is a cause we have had on our agenda for a number of years" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 7/5). The PA reported FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said that FIFA "intended to bring goal-line technology in for the Club World Cup in Japan in December, next year's Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil." Valcke also said that FIFA "would pay for the systems" and leave them in place in the stadiums. The systems cost about $250,000 for each stadium (PA, 7/5). The IFAB acknowledged the support goal-line technology can provide in officiating matches. During the meeting, the IFAB also agreed to unanimously approve -- temporarily during a trial period -- the wearing of headscarves. The design, colour and material permitted will be defined and confirmed following the IFAB annual business meeting in Glasgow in October (UEFA).