Sunday, April 15, 2012

FIFA SAYS FINAL TEST ON GOAL KINE TECHNOLOGY TO BEGIN LATER THIS MONTH

Football world governing body FIFA have announced that final tests on goal-line technology will begin later this month, before a definitive decision on the matter is made by football's governing body in July.

The announcement comes in the wake of Chelsea's 'ghost goal' against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, when replays showed that Juan Mata's strike had clearly not crossed the line, despite a goal being awarded.
The International Football Association Board, the game's rule-making body, last month approved two systems to go into a second round of testing in match scenarios before either can be sanctioned for use in competitive fixtures at a meeting on July 2.

And FIFA confirmed on Sunday that tests with Hawk-Eye or GoalRef will begin before the end of April and continue throughout May.

Sony Corp's Hawk-Eye is a camera-based ball-tracking system successfully deployed in tennis and cricket. GoalRef, owned by a German-Danish company, uses a magnetic field with a special ball.

Both systems send a signal within a second of the ball crossing the line to the referee, who will retain the power to make the final call.

Meanwhile, Martin Atkinson, the FIFA-accredited referee who awarded the FA Cup goal on Sunday, will be one of UEFA's goal-line assistants for Howard Webb at Euro 2012.

Source: BBC SPORT
Edited by: COSMOS CHUKWUEMEKA


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