Blatter: Goal-line technology ‘a necessity’ after England v Ukraine

Fifa president claims goal-line technology in football is now a "necessity" after Ukraine's disallowed goal against England

Sepp Blatter has claimed that goal-line technology in football is now a “necessity” after Ukraine’s disallowed goal against England at Euro 2012 on Tuesday.

With England leading 1-0 courtesy of Wayne Rooney’s header shortly after the break, Ukraine should have been awarded an equaliser – but officials failed to spot that Marco Devic’s shot had crossed the line.

The Fifa president wrote on Twitter: “After last night’s match #GLT [goal-line technology] is no longer an alternative but a necessity.”

Tuesday’s ‘ghost goal’ has thrown the issue back into the limelight, with the International Football Association Board set to make a final decision on the introduction of technology later this year following a series of tests.

If given the green light, goal-line technology could be introduced into the Premier League as soon as next season.

A goal-line technology system was recently tested during the friendly between England and Belgium at Wembley.

Tuesday’s incident is the second time in two years that England have been involved in games shrouded by goal-line controversy at a major tournament. In 2010, Frank Lampard’s ‘goal’ was not given during the Three Lions’ clash with Germany at the World Cup in South Africa.

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