Goal-line technology to be officially introduced
Sepp Blatter’s one-man crusade to see all footballing wrongs righted has led to the official announcement that goal-line technology will be in place at the next World Cup.
February 19th, 2013
Having personally shared the pain suffered by England supporters when seeing Frank Lampard’s shot cross the line – which was subsequently disallowed against Germany in South Africa – Blatter has authorised a statement from FIFA announcing the introduction of GLT to upcoming FIFA tournaments – including the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Blatter apologised for the mistake following England’s defeat by Germany at the 2010 World Cup, and said that he intended to reopen the debate at the next summit meeting of football’s governing bodies – leading to this announcement and the invitation to tender to various systems providers.
The statement read: “After a successful implementation of Goal-Line Technology (GLT) at the Club World Cup in Japan in December 2012, Fifa has decided to use GLT at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“The aim is to use GLT in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadia, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests.
“With different technologies on the market, Fifa has launched a tender today, setting out the technical requirements for the two forthcoming competitions in Brazil.”
Following the successful trials of goal-line technology at the Club World Cup before Christmas, the Confederations Cup to be held in June will serve as an interesting prelude to the main event next summer; we’ll find out over the next few months whether or not it’s a concern that should be shared by England fans.