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FAW boss Jonathan Ford rejects technology idea

Frank Lampard's shot against Germany

Lampard effort not given

Welsh football boss Jonathan Ford says the game should not turn to goal-line technology in the wake of events at the World Cup in South Africa on Sunday.

England's Frank Lampard was denied a goal against Germany, despite his effort having clearly crossed the line.

But Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford says technology in football is a wider issue.

Ford said: "I'm not overly sure that goal-line technology or technology in football is the way forward."

Lampard has called for goal-line technology to be introduced, but Ford backs the International Football Association stance on the issue.

Ford was at the IFA meeting in March when the FAW voted with the majority of nations that voted against the idea of goal-line technology being introduced to the sport.

That's the question you've really got to ask yourself. Is football really ready to embrace that full technology?

FAW boss Jonathan Ford

He pointed to Argentina's first goal - by Carlos Tevez - in their 3-1 win over Mexico being a clear case of offside as the debate over technology gathered pace.

England were 2-1 down when Lampard's effort was ruled out.

It was arguably a pivotal moment for England, who went on to lose 4-1, as they had just pulled a goal back through Matthew Upson after falling behind to strikes from Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.

The incident evoked memories of the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley when a Geoff Hurst goal was given despite protests from German players that the ball had not crossed the line after hitting the crossbar and England won 4-2 in extra time.

Ford said: "By conceding four goals I don't think England were really in any position that they were going to be pursuing World Cup dreams and actually going through to the final.

"I do think their performance, unfortunately, was sorrily lacking and I think they probably got their just deserts, myself.

"And what if in 1966 the goal wasn't allowed? I suppose you absolutely can talk about it - that's one of the beauties of football is the fact that we end up talking about it.

"But goal-line technology, it's a very tough subject to talk about and I remember when I was part of the International Football Association board meeting that we had back in March this topic came up.

Welsh FA chief executive Jonathan Ford
Jonathan Ford replaced David Collins as FAW chief executive

"But it wasn't a topic just about goal-line technology, it was a topic about technology in football and that's the bigger question, that's the question you've really got to ask yourself.

"Is football really ready to embrace that full technology?

"If you start the goal-line technology where do you end? Surely if you saw the Argentina v Mexico match a little later that same day the first goal was clearly offside.

"Well hang on, that shouldn't be allowed and naturally the technology is around for us to pinpoint exactly where players are on the pitch.

"Chips is shirts is a very common and easy thing for us to actually install, yet clearly that would make decisions about offside so much easier for the refs to have.

"Okay, so then you've got technology as far as offside is concerned, but then you can do replay technology and you can talk about throw-ins.

"Wales ourselves, our own national team has been penalised in the past where a throw-in has been incorrectly awarded and a goal has almost immediately been scored from that throw-in.

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"Hang on, let's take it back again? How far do you go with technology? That's the debate you've got to ask yourself."

Ford says rugby union's use of technology to sometimes determine whether tries, conversions, penalties and drop-goals have been scored can often be inconclusive.

He said: "An awful lot of times whether that [rugby] ball really does cross that line or not when there's those really close calls - sometimes replay technology, no matter cameras you've got, doesn't really work in that particular case."

But he says referees need all the help they can be given to improve decision-making.

"Help is something that we need to talk about," said Ford.

"How can we help the referee to be the best that the possibly can? I absolutely agree with that.

"But I'm not overly sure that goal-line technology or technology in football is the way forward.

"At the end of the day football is a fantastic game. It's a game that's played exactly the same currently in South Africa as is played in the parks and benches around Cardiff city centre.

"The game is a wonderful game and it's the same from the very top to the very grass roots. I like that part of the sport."

The referee waves the Mexico and Argentina players away

Tevez puts Argentina into controversial lead



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