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Goalline technology debate reignited

Wawsaw – Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday strongly called for the introduction of goalline technology in the wake of Ukraine not given a goal at Euro 2012 the previous day.

“After last night's match #GLT (goalline technology) is no longer an alternative but a necessity,” the head of the world governing body said on social network Twitter.

England's Ashley Cole (left) watches as England's John Terry (right) clears the ball from inside the net. Credit: REUTERS

On Tuesday in Donetsk, England defender John Terry cleared a shot from Marko Devic, deflected by goalkeeper Joe Hart, behind the goalline, but neither the referee nor the goalline assistant saw that the ball crossed the line.

Blatter was a strong opponent of goalline technology in the past but changed his mind at the 2010 World Cup when an England goal was not given because the officials didn't see the ball cross the line.

A decision on the introduction of goalline technology, then to be in place for the 2014 World Cup, by the International Football Association Board, is set for July 2 in Kiev, the day after the Euro 2012 final.

Michel Platini, head of Europe's ruling body Uefa, opposes goalline technology and prefers goalline assistant referees, used for the first time at Euro this time around. – Sapa-dpa

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