28 Jul 2011

Blatter signals arrival of goal line technology

12:48 pm on 28 July 2011

Goal line technology for football appears to finally be on the way, after the idea got the go-ahead from FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The video technology should rule out bad refereeing decisions over whether a goal's been scored by pinpointing if all of the football has crossed the goal line.

The law-making International Football Association Board must first approve an "accurate and affordable" system when it meets in London next March, then any leagues that want to use it can do so from the start of the next season - so England's Premier League should see it introduced in 2012.

And it appears set to be used at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil if IFAB approves, which would be symmetrical, as it was English midfielder Frank Lampard's legitimate goal against Germany in the World Cup finals last year that was ruled out which reopened the debate.