IFAB veto goal-line technology

Video replays also ruled out

Last Updated: 06/03/10 6:56pm

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Football's rule-makers have shut the door on goal-line technology and ended the debate on video replays.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) voted against continuing with any further experiments at a meeting in Zurich.

The English and Scottish FAs had voted in favour of the technological advancements, but have seen the initiative ruled out.

Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke said: "The door is closed. The decision was not to go ahead with technology at all."

FA chief executive Ian Watmore had been in favour of goal-line technology but was outvoted after the Irish FA and Welsh FA voted in line with Fifa.


Watmore said: "In the end it came down to a difference of opinion about whether you believe the future of football involves technology or not.

"We had supported the idea of investigating experiments into the use of technology on goal-lines and we would like to have seen it.

"But some of the arguments were very powerful and persuasive and we have to accept them."

Technology was an issue brought to the fore over recent months following Thierry Henry's controversial handball for France in a World Cup play-off against Republic of Ireland and the ongoing debate as to whether a Hawk-eye system should be introduced to help aid match officials with goal decisions.

However, Valcke feels football is fine as it is and believes tampering with the rules would prove detrimental in the long run.


He added: "Technology should not enter into the game, it was a clear, clear statement made by the majority of the IFAB.

"They are saying why should we have technology in a game where the main part should be humans - players and referees.

"Whatever are the mistakes - and yes there are mistakes - and people will review the match and discuss what happened but there was a clear statement that technology should not enter in the game.

"If we start with goal-line technology then any part of the game and pitch will be a potential space where you could put in place technology to see if the ball was in or out, whether it was a penalty and then you end up with video replays.

"Let's keep the game of football as it is."

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