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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 November 2006, 19:17 GMT
Goal-line technology trial widens
Robbie Keane and Pedro Mendes of Spurs appeal for a goal after the ball crosses the line during the Premiership match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at  Old Trafford
Spurs were denied victory against Man Utd in 2005 after the ball had crossed the line
Fifa has given the green light to the use of goal-line technology in next year's World Club Championship.

Fif has already trialed the technology in junior competitions, but now intends to use it in a major competition.

"We'll use it at the 2007 World Club Championship and offer its use at other Fifa competitions too," said Fifa president Sepp Blatter

An English Premier League spokesman added: "From our studies, this technology can be very effective."

In January 2005 Tottenham were denied victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford as a Pedro Mendes shot which crossed the line was not given.

Mendes' effort from the halfway line was fumbled by an out-of-position United goalkeeper Roy Carroll, who only pushed the ball out after it went over the line.

However Fifa and Uefa have rejected the English Premier League's proposals for the introduction of a "video-referee" to resolve offside disputes, penalty claims and off-the-ball clashes.

"The goal-line system is in real-time and happens quickly, but we are concerned that video-refereeing would stop the flow of the game," said Uefa chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson.

"This would also open up windows for further commercials in the middle of the match, which would damage its image and secondly this would lead to a referee's authority being undermined during a match."

The English Premier League still hopes the broader issue of video technology will be debated by Uefa and Fifa next year.



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