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Crossing the line - or not
March 21st, 2008 6:30AM

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[REF WATCH] Two weeks after FIFA scrapped further experimentation with goal-line technology -- President Sepp Blatter claiming it couldn't find an accurate method of checking whether a ball crosses the goal line -- Eintracht Frankfurt beat Energie Cottbus with a goal that TV replays appeared to show shouldn't have been awarded.

Blatter said three years of experimentation failed to come up with technology that was 100 percent accurate.

Cottbus keeper Gerhard Tremmel dived to parry Marco Russ's shot. The ball hit the post and bounced back to Tremmel, and Referee Michael Kemptner awarded a goal. But TV replays didn't reveal that the whole ball crossed the line.

The loss is severe for Cottbus, which is near the relegation zone.



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