Fifa rule out video cameras for goal-line decisions in the future

BELFAST: FIFA will not introduce goal-line video cameras in the foreseeable future, football’s governing body decided on Saturday. 

Referees will continue to make the final decision on the awarding of a goal, meaning that border-line decisions such as Geoff Hurst’s second goal in the 1966 World Cup final will still be talking points. 

“The Board is opposed to bringing in television technology for goal-line decisions,” said a FIFA statement. 

“Video evidence may continue to be used for disciplinary decisions, whether it be to punish a player for an offence not seen by a match official or to clear a player’s name. 

“FIFA are very reluctant to take the control of the game out of the referee’s hands. It is felt that the game would be slowed down by such an action. 

“Any decision made during the game will remain final, with no party being able to use video evidence to reverse any goal-line decision.” 

The English FA had conducted an experiment with goal-line technology, but there was no backing from the delegate for this to be extended. 

FA spokesman David Davies said: “We will continue with the experiment and report back any findings which we feel may be beneficial.” 

Hurst famously was awarded England’s third goal in their 1966 World Cup final 4-2 win over West Germany after his shot crashed off the bar and down towards the goal line. 

The West Ham striker’s “goal” is still hotly disputed by Germans who felt it did not cross the line though he later added a last minute fourth to complete the only hat-trick yet scored in a World Cup final. 

Meanwhile, the possibility of sin-binning players after a first yellow card was thought not to be a workable option by FIFA. 

FIFA’s technical committee stated that they are concerned over the increase in serious injuries in the game and will look at ways to make football safer for players. 

Shirt sponsorship and advertising will remain a subject for individual competition organisers to control. 

The FIFA International Board comprise representatives from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus top-ranking FIFA officials and is responsible for making amendments to the laws of the game. 

FIFA president Sepp Blatter attended the conference. – Reuters 

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