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Volume 6 No. 216

International Football

The FA is "yet to strike a deal with a goal-line technology provider" for London's Wembley Stadium, according to Richard Conway of the BBC. The FA "expected a system to be in place for the Community Shield" on Aug. 11, but is "still in negotiations." It has joined with the Premier League to "negotiate a deal in order to achieve better value for money." British-based Hawkeye won a five-year contract in April to supply all 20 of the Premier League clubs.  League champions ManU take on FA Cup holders Wigan in the game next month. An FA spokesperson said: "The current position remains that the FA are completing negotiations in relation to installing and using goal-line technology in the stadium" (BBC, 7/2). The DPA reported referees "have full confidence in football's goal-line technology," which will be used at the 2014 World Cup. None of the 68 goals scored at the Confederations Cup needed the technology, "which was being used for the first time at an international tournament." However, leading match official Howard Webb told reporters in Rio de Janeiro on Monday the "reassurance the system gives us is a big benefit," and referees had full confidence in the technology provided by German company GoalControl (DPA, 7/3).

South Africa's national football and rugby teams will play on the same day at the former World Cup showpiece stadium in Soweto to honor Nelson Mandela, "bringing together the country's two most popular sports that once portrayed its racial divisions." The South African sports ministry said that the Nelson Mandela Sports Day will be on Aug. 17 at FNB Stadium (AP, 7/2). ... The struggle for power in Thai football "showed no signs of abating on Wednesday" with 108 clubs threatening to hold their own election unless top ranking official Worawi Makudi "brings forward the rescheduled vote" (REUTERS, 7/3). ... South Korea and Iran, whose recent spat made headlines throughout Asian football, "have agreed to bury their differences and sign a symbolic sporting exchange agreement" barely two weeks after a war of words ahead of and following their crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier which ended in ugly scenes of chaos when the Iranian players were pelted with bottles of water from the stands (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 7/3).