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FIFA to consider adding refs

In the wake of the Thierry Henry handball scandal, FIFA's executive committee will debate the fielding of additional referees. "It's possible we will make additional officials for the World Cup but we have to see if it is feasible or realistic," said FIFA President Sepp Blatter. The idea has powerful support from within the game, including from UEFA's president, Michel Platini. If the executive committee is convinced of its merits, the proposal will go before soccer's rule-making International Board in Zurich in March for a final decision. Blatter says he had not changed his stance against the use of technology or video replays to assist the referee.

"There is a lack of discipline and respect in the game by the players because they are cheating," Blatter said, "This is human beings trying to get an advantage and this is not good and we have to fight against that. We have only one man on the field of play who shall intervene in this matter. He has two assistants for the time being, perhaps more in the future. He has to make an immediate decision. He has only two eyes. So match control is now on the agenda. How shall we avoid such situations as we have seen in this very specific match?"

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