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Goal-line experiments to continue

  • AP, Friday, March 4, 2011 2:11 PM

FIFA's search for a viable method by which to determine whether a ball has crossed the goal line has failed to produce a satisfactory result, but general secretary Jerome Valcke says the world's governing body will continue to fund the effort.

Systems that have been use to date will be reviewed Saturday when the International Football Association Board, which researches and implements changes in rules and match control, meets in Cardiff, Wales. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has publicly reveresed his opposition to goal-line technology,  but all 10 systems that were tested at FIFA's headquarters last month - including the Adidas-owned Cairos microchip ball - were judged to be not quick or accurate enough. He continues to oppose the use of cameras.

The IFAB has set conditions that a technological device would have to determine whether a goal had been scored within one second and be 100 percent accurate

"The decision is: Do we extend the tests which we at FIFA are ready to do and ready to pay for?" Valcke said. "Maybe [we will] do the next tests in England and in a stadium. If something is working then why not? Blatter was clear to the executive committee by saying if there is a system that's working we have to accept it."

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