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German FA lukewarm over goal-line technology

Published on Jan 1, 2013 10:57 AM
A Fifa referee holds a soccer ball as he tests the GoalRef goal-line technology system before the Club World Cup soccer matches in Yokohama, south of Tokyo on Dec 16, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Goal-line technology has been given a lukewarm reception by the German football federation's (DFB) head of refereeing who has questioned its accuracy.

Herbert Fandel cited a regulation which he said permitted a three-centimetre margin of error for technology used to decide whether the ball has crossed the goal-line.

He also referred to Ukraine's goal against England at Euro 2012 which was disallowed after officials failed to spot that the ball had crossed the line.

"There are doubts as to see whether the goal-line works 100 percent," Fandel told the DFB's website ( on Monday.

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