LONDON- Goalline technology will not be
discussed by football's law-makers in Wales this week, despite an
assurance from FIFA president Sepp Blatter during the World Cup
that it would be.
The technical sub-committee of the International Football
Association Board (IFAB) - football's law-making body - will
meet in Cardiff on Wednesday.
However, there will only be one item on the agenda which was
set in May -- the continuing experiment with additional
assistant referees behind the goals as trialled in the Europa
League last season.
Following England's disallowed goal against Germany in the
second round of the World Cup on June 27, Blatter said "it would
be a nonsense not to reopen the file on goalline technology".
"We will look again at goalline technology at the business
meeting of the IFAB in Cardiff in July," Blatter promised.
But a FIFA statement on Monday confirmed: "the only point on
the agenda will be the review and eventual approval of the
requests made by various confederations and member associations
of FIFA to implement the experiments with two additional
assistant referees for (the next two seasons)."
The debate was re-ignited after a shot from England
midfielder Frank Lampard landed a metre over the goalline after
hitting the bar but was not spotted by the referee or his
assistant despite millions around the world seeing clearly a
legitimate goal had been scored.
The earliest date for any debate about goalline technology
would be at the next IFAB business meeting in October. Any
law-changing decision on goalline technology would not be taken
until IFAB's next annual meeting in March next year.
IFAB, which conisists of one representative from each of the
four British associations and four from FIFA, rejected the
implementation of goalline technology in March.
IFAB sanctioned the first experiment with goalline
technology in 2006, but a chip-in-the-ball system used at the
World Under-17 championships and Club World Cup matches in 2007
proved inconclusive and has not been used since.
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