FIFA to revisit goal-line tech after Lampard 'goal' error

Blatter bows to pressure to "re-open file" on line cameras

Hawkeye-style tech to eliminate future was-it-wasn't-it woes?

After apologising to The FA for a refereeing error more catastrophic than England's defending in Sunday's 4-1 defeat to Germany, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has vowed to investigate introducing goal-line technology to rule out future mistakes.

England were trailing 2-1 in the World Cup second round tie when Frank Lampard's neat lob rebounded off the crossbar to land about a foot over the goal-line, but both the referee and his assistant failed to spot it and play continued.

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A horrifying defensive display saw England crash to a humiliating defeat, but had they levelled the scores at 2-2 going into half-time, many of the nation's vanquished stars believe it would have turned the game on its head.

Now FIFA boss Blatter, who had continually ruled-out the use of goal-line tech, to decide whether the ball has crossed the line, says he'll look introducing Hawkeye-style cameras for future tournaments.

He says: "It is obvious that after the experiences so far at this World Cup it would be a nonsense not to reopen the file on goal-line technology.

"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.

"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 the first opportunity in July at the business meeting."

Hawkeye technology is currently being employed at Wimbledon, where players are allowed to challenge three line-calls per set, keeping a challenge if they're correct and losing one if they're wrong. Many have advocated the use of a similar situation in football, and it now seems set-in-his-ways Sepp is finally ready to listen.

Meanwhile, Currys who promised to give England fans £10 cashback on a new TV for every goal the team scored at the tournament, are counting Lampard's strike, meaning those who spent over £600 on a HD telly for the World Cup are now entitled to £40 back rather than £30. Yay.

Link: FIFA (via BBC)