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Blatter says sorry to England

29 Jun 2010 - 09:59:48

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has confirmed that world football's governing body will discuss the use of goal-line technology, following the controversy of Frank Lampard's 'goal' in the World Cup loss to Germany.

With England trailing 2-1, Lampard's superb chip beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and bounced down well over the line, but the match officials failed to spot the incident correctly and play continued.

Germany went on to secure a comfortable 4-1 victory, while later on that same day, Argentina's 3-1 win over Mexico was marred by Carlos Tevez opening the scoring for a clearly offside position.

Blatter told a media briefing in South Africa: "It is obvious that after the experience so far in this World Cup, it would be a nonsense to not reopen the file of technology at the business meeting of the International FA Board in July.

"Personally I deplore it when you see evident referee mistakes, but it's not the end of a competition or the end of football, this can happen.

"The only thing I can do is yesterday I have spoken to the two federations (England and Mexico) directly concerned by referees mistakes.

"I have expressed to them apologies and I understand they are not happy and that people are criticising.

"We will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and have first opportunity in July at the business meeting."


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