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Volume 10 No. 25
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Technology Debate Doesn't Stop On Goal Line

Football's rulemakers are adamant that the use of technology will go no further than the goal line, yet there is "an uncomfortable feeling another Thierry Henry-style handball controversy could trigger a whole new debate," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The Int'l Football Association Board, responsible for the laws of the game, and FIFA insisted that "any further forms of technology would not be considered." But they had said "exactly the same thing" about goal-line technology less than three years ago, only to perform "an abrupt U-turn" after Frank Lampard's infamous phantom goal for England against Germany at the 2010 World Cup. UEFA President Michel Platini is "among those who fear that Thursday's ruling will open the floodgates" for other forms of technology to be introduced. Platini said, "I am not just wholly against goal-line technology, I am against technology itself because then it is going to invade every area of football." However, IFAB members said that this would not happen. English FA General Secretary Alex Horne said, "Goal-line technology is where this starts and finishes for us" (REUTERS, 7/6).