FIFA to decide on technology

2012-02-01 15:54

Berlin - A final decision on the introduction of goalline technology is set for July 2, the world governing football body FIFA said on Wednesday.

FIFA gave the date in a statement outlining the agenda of the next International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting on March 3 which will deal with eight proposals and amendments to football rules.

Goalline technology is one of the topics and the IFAB will hear a report from a test institute on a first round of goalline technology testing in November and December. A second round of the testing is set between March and June before the IFAB is to decide the day after the July 1 Euro 2012 final.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter expects goalline technology to be given the nod and to be in place for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to curb incidents such as at the 2010 World Cup when the referee did not see Frank Lampard's shot cross the line in the England v Germany game.

Other IFAB topics in March are a proposal to allow a fourth substitution in matches that go into extra time, and a new look at the triple punishment of penalty, red card and suspension if a player fouls another in the area to deny an obvious scoring chance.