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Referees, Managers United in Call for Technology Aid

FIFA may be slowly rolling out goal-line technology, but soccer executives in England and other parts of Europe want television replays to be introduced into the game now. The Guardian says the consensus among match and club officials alike is that it's "nonsense" in a game where the financial stakes are so high for referees to not be given access to replays that are instantly beamed across the world. Other sports around the globe have easily embraced using technology to help match officials make game-changing decisions, so why can't soccer? FIFA president Sepp Blatter is adamant that replay technology only be introduced to aid goal-line decisions even though offside is erroneously called far more often than goal-line calls. The curious thing is that it's not like referees are against the introduction of technology. In fact, Keith Hackett, chief of the English Premier League Professional Game Match Officials Board, who has long been an advocate for the introduction of video technology, says he's preparing a paper that he'll present to soccer's rule-making International Football Association Board in January. FIFA's belief has long been that the introduction of video technology would emasculate the power of match officials, but if match officials also feel the game would benefit, then FIFA has to relent.

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