Goalline Technology Moves Closer To Being A Reality
Thursday, 22nd July 2010 at 14:06pm
With the controversy of Frank Lampard's disallowed goal still lingering in the minds of many football fans, the prospect of goalline technology becoming a reality in top-flight football moved a step closer when Fifa announced that two extra officials will be used in the 2010/11 Champions League.
A meeting of the International Football Association Board of the world governing body (Ifab)'s technical sub-committee took place in Wales on July 20 and the it was decided that referees need extra assistance in order to avoid a repeat of the incident that took place in the Germany v England World Cup round of 16 match.
Fifa supremo Sepp Blatter has been staunchly against the idea of bringing technology into football but has softened his stance in the wake of decisions made in favour of Germany and Argentina during the finals in South Africa.
Germany lead England by two goals to one when Lampard's shot bounced well over the line, while Mexico and Argentina were tied when Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez opened the scoring only to be shown to be offside on TV replays just moments later.
At the end of the tournament in South Africa, Blatter said talks about technology should be high on the agenda and it was confirmed it was confirmed that it would be up for discussion at Ifab's October annual business meeting.
Any proposed changes to the game's laws will be put forward to Fifa's AGM next March.
The use of two goalline officials was implemented in last season's Europa League and will be in place for a further two seasons.