Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Blatter: FIFA to revisit goal-line technology
June 29th, 2010 1:38PM
Subscribe to Special Edition

TAGS:  fifa, referees, world cup


[REFEREE WATCH] FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he apologized to England and Mexico for blown calls and said FIFA will reconsider using goal-line technology after this World Cup. "I deplore the obvious refereeing mistakes we have seen," said Blatter, who has a record of strongly resisting the use of video replays or other "technology" to aid referees.

FIFA's refusal to use goal-line technology or goal judges looked particularly ridiculous when the whole world saw Frank Lampard’s shot cross the German goal line -- but the game officials missed it -- during Germany's 4-1 win.

In Mexico’s 3-1 loss to Argentina, Carlos Tevez opened the scoring with a header from a clear offside position. Mexico coach Javier Aguirre said his players saw the replay on the stadium big-screen while the officials let the goal stand.

“I understand the teams concerned are unhappy,” Blatter said. “I have personally said ‘I apologize for what happened’ to both England and Mexico. I understand the media criticism, it is their right and job to do so.

“Still, it’s not the end of the competition, it’s not the end of soccer. With the denial of the use of technology, we have to accept mistakes.

“As FIFA, we need to protect refereeing. We have the responsibility to take the adequate measures to avoid such situations happening again. However, I cannot accept that the integrity of the competition and the referees is called into question.”

Blatter said FIFA will not be taking any action during this tournament to prevent another blunder such as the Lampard goal denial.

“Everybody knew at the start of this competition that we would not apply any other system, such as having two additional referees in the penalty areas or using technology, including goal-line technology,” Blatter said. “Consequently, the principle will not be changed for this competition. But with what we have experienced here, it would be nonsense to not reopen the file on technology at the next business meeting of the IFAB [International Football Association Board] on 20 and 21 July in Wales. …

“It is an ongoing process at FIFA and on my personal agenda. In October-November we will present a new model on how to improve high-level refereeing.”

  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 3:33 p.m.
    It would have been nice if Blatter had apologized to the US for the bad calls in two games not just one. I'll also believe it when I see it as far as goal line tech being used from this point on. More POLITICAL BS!
  1. Cliff Gleason
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 3:54 p.m.
    Some day Blatter and his chronies will be gone OR something so awful will happen they will have to use cameras for Red Cards and goals (offside & is it a goal). Till then Blatter will Blatt(h)er on about looking at various technologies and do nothing!
  1. Ryan Lutz
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 9:18 p.m.
    I'm afraid I agree with Mr Blatter, as unpopular as that is, it seems. Mistakes are a part of every sport -- in every dimension of it -- be that coaching, playing, or refereeing. I wonder whether many (if any) understand what Blatter meant by "we must protect refereeing_ -- not referees (though that's probably good too), but refereeing itself. Surely there's some place where our precious machines do not have to encroach.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Special Edition
What They're Saying    
"I'd like to think that we're closing the gap and hopefully one day we can do ...
Heroes of Genoa: USA downs Italy!     
[ITALY-USA] The USA celebrated its biggest win of the Jurgen Klinsmann era when it prevailed 1-0 ...
Morgan leads USA past Danes    
[ALGARVE CUP] Alex Morgan continued her hot streak, scoring in each half to lead the USA ...
MLS preseason this week ...    
[SCOREBOARD] Eleven MLS teams will be in action Wednesday in the four tournaments being played across ...
Qatar, Oman in, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain out    
[WORLD CUP 2014 QUALIFYING] Mohammed Kasola's goal in the 83rd minute gave Qatar a 2-2 tie ...
Reggae Boyz sweep three games in week    
[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] Jamaica, which will face the USA in the semifinal round of World ...
Reyna and Meola head Class of 2012    
[HALL OF FAME] Claudio Reyna and Tony Meola, eligible on the Player ballot for the first ...
Italy-USA Minute by Minute    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY] A well-constructed goal by Clint Dempsey -- his 25th for the USA -- in ...
Ferdinand and Lampard not in Pearce's squad    
[ENGLAND] Interim coach Stuart Pearce's first squad includes newcomers Fraizer Campbell and Tom Cleverley, but veterans ...
Klinsmann sets roster for Italy clash    
[USA MEN] Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a 21-man roster with 17 foreign-based and four ...
>> Special Edition Archives