Fifa chief stresses need for goal-line technology after Chelsea ‘goal’
Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce once again highlights the need for goal-line technology in football after FA Cup semi-final
Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce has reiterated the need to introduce goal-line technology to eradicate incidents such as Chelsea’s ‘ghost goal’ against Tottenham on Sunday.
Replays showed that Juan Mata’s second-half shot had clearly not crossed the line in the FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley, despite a goal being awarded to give Chelsea a 2-0 lead.
Fifa have confirmed that the final stage of testing of goal-line technology will begin this month, with a decision on the matter set to be made in July.
“I have been an advocate of goal-line technology for well over a decade now,” he told Sky Sports News. “Quite honestly, the sooner that it is introduced the better.
“It’s not only the controversy that happened [at Wembley] yesterday. There have been several of these over the years.
“Whether it is a goal or not is a matter of fact. I am 100 per cent behind goal-line technology but I am against technology for other decisions because they are a matter of opinion.
“It’s got to be introduced – and I hope that it will be introduced in July.
“The main problem was trying to get a system that was quick and concise and a decision could be made instantly.
“I have been a delegate for several years and I haven’t spoken to one top referee in all those years who said to me that they would not be happy with goal-line technology.
“They’re not happy with technology for other decisions but not one of them said to me that they wouldn’t be happy with goal-line technology, so it’s got to be introduced.”
The International Football Association Board will make the final decision on the introduction of technology on 2 July – and Boyce claims that the new system could be in place by the start of the 2012-13 Premier League season if approved.
“On the 2 July, the system will be presented to the IFAB and hopefully will be approved to eventually bring in goal-line technology.
“I think if the system is approved on 2 July, it can be introduced right away provided that system is available. Provided the Premier League can have the system available for kick-off, probably in the middle of August, I think it will be available by then.”