The Straits Times
Published on Nov 29, 2012

Fifa nearing line on goalline technology, two technologies to be tested


RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Did the ball cross the line? It's a question which football fans have been asking at least since the 1966 World Cup final, when England striker Geoff Hurst's extra time goal against Germany was given by a Swiss referee on the advice of his Soviet linesman.

World governing body Fifa has been trying out two technologies and will put them to the tournament test at the upcoming Club World Cup starting Dec 6 in Japan with a view to using the most accurate version at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

A last-16 match at the last finals two years ago in South Africa went a long way to convincing Fifa that the technology had to come to the rescue after England's Frank Lampard had what appeared to be a perfectly good goal ruled out against Germany.

The non-award of his effort ultimately went some way to presaging a 4-1 loss for Lampard's side, prompting the game's authorities to accept that there had to be a technological leap of faith to prevent such miscarriages of sporting justice.