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Blatter wants goal-line technology for 2014 World Cup

Frank Lampard's shot against Germany

Lampard 'goal' is not given (UK web users only)

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says goal-line technology will be used at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil if a suitable system is approved in time.

Tests of various systems will continue for another year at the insistence of the game's lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (Ifab).

Blatter, speaking after Ifab's annual meeting in Wales said: "If it works there should be no problem for 2014.

"But the tests we have had so far are not conclusive."

Blatter changed his opinion on goal-line technology in the wake of Frank Lampard's disallowed goal for England against Germany at last summer's World Cup in South Africa, a decision he called a "blatant... and immense error".

Replays clearly showed Lampard's shot bouncing down behind the line off the crossbar but officials failed to award the goal that would have levelled the match at 2-2.

Germany went on to win the game 4-1.

However, 10 goal-line systems were judged inadequate after coming under Fifa scrutiny last month and Ifab said further tests would now take place during games.

It's not perfect because we wanted to get the principle of goal-line technology adopted

FA general secretary Alex Home

"We will go on with the technical experiments and then bring back this item to the Ifab meeting next year in London and then a final decision will be taken," concluded Blatter who indicated that three of the systems, which worked using a magnetic field, had a good chance of passing the tests.

Hawk-Eye's system, which was not one of the 10 tested, will also be looked at.

Alex Horne, general secretary of England's Football Association, said he was "fairly satisfied" with the outcome of the meeting.

However, he added: "It's not perfect because we wanted to get the principle of goal-line technology adopted.

"Given where we were last year when it got thrown out that was my worst fear that it would happen again.

"My preferred position was we accept the principle and wait for the technology to prove itself.

"We are now in the position where they want to look at the technology in different environments and then we will make a decision in March next year."

Other rulings made at the meeting include the decision to use five officials for every match at the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine.

The use of two extra assistant referees follows successful trials in the Europa League.

Wayne Rooney of Man Utd and Wigan's James McCarthy
Blatter insisted that the FA could have retrospectively punished Rooney

The officials will be behind the goal-line but on the side of the goal nearest to the assistant referee.

Meanwhile, players will be banned from wearing neck-warming snoods in games from 1 July.

Several Premier League players, including Manchester City quartet Carlos Tevez, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli plus Arsenal duo Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh have all worn the scarf-like clothing over the winter months.

But Blatter believes they could be a safety risk if an opponent grabs at them when players are running at speed.

"It can also be dangerous, it can be like to hang somebody," he said.

"I was a football player in winter and summer and have never worn that and we must also pay attention to the law that says what the equipment is."

Any changes to football's rules must be made by the 125-year-old Ifab, which comprises officials from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, who each have one vote and world governing body Fifa, which has four.

Six votes are required for a law to be passed.

Blatter also insisted that the FA could have retrospectively punished Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United forward appeared to elbow Wigan midfielder James McCarthy last month.

"If there's violence the national association can intervene and punish a player - this is permitted at the discretion of the national association," said Blatter.

But FA chairman David Bernstein maintained that England's governing body had taken the correct decision.

"If the referee states he has seen the incident the FA is not able to make decisions except in exceptional circumstances.

"If you open the door to 'halfway exceptional' the floodgates will open.

"I think that has more merit than meets the eye, the basis of the primacy of the referee staying in place - even though that will upset fans sometimes and quite understandably."

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Technology move 'will take time'
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Hawk-Eye 'can meet Fifa's needs'
20 Oct 10 |  Football
Goal-line calls 'must be instant'
20 Oct 10 |  Football
Blatter confirms technology talks
11 Aug 10 |  Football
Blatter sorry for disallowed goal
29 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
How does Hawk-Eye work?
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