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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 September 2005, 18:13 GMT 19:13 UK
Goal-line technology set for test
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Fifa will use goal-line technology at the 2006 World Cup in Germany if a trial run at the Under-17 World Championships in Peru proves a success.

A 'smartball' system has been developed whereby balls fitted with a microchip will send a signal to the referee when they have crossed the line.

"We will definitely use the technology in Germany if the experiment works," said Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

A decision will be made by world football's governing body in October.

The tournament, running from 16 September to 2 October, in Peru will host 32 matches at four venues each featuring the technology that has been developed to use the 'smartball' system.

If there are no incidents requiring the goal-line technology a special match will be arranged to take place at one of the stadiums.

Blatter added: "The International Board will attend that last week of the competition in Peru in order to see how the system works.

"This goal-line technology is enough. Football must keep its human face and must accept errors. If we start to make it too scientific this game will lose its fascination."




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