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FIFA president Sepp Blatter posts tweet on the requirement for goal-line technology

Updated: Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 14:00 | Comments

The goal that never was and John Terry's acrobatic clearance
The goal that never was and John Terry's acrobatic clearance

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has declared goal-line technology "a necessity" after Ukraine became the latest victims of its absence from the game.

The EURO 2012 co-hosts were denied an equaliser in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to England when officials failed to spot Marco Devic's shot had crossed the line.

Blatter, who hopes to convince the International Football Board to give technology the green light, posted on Twitter: "After last night's match #GLT is no longer an alternative but a necessity."

Blatter became a convert to goal-line technology after Frank Lampard was denied a legitimate goal in England's 2010 World Cup defeat to Germany.

That failed to convince UEFA president Michel Platini - the favourite to succeed Blatter as the most powerful man in world football - who remained wedded to his belief additional assistant referees behind each goal was the best way forward.

Yet, the referee, assistant referee and AAR in the Ukraine v England game all failed to spot Devic's shot had narrowly crossed the line before John Terry's acrobatic clearance prevent it hitting the back of the net. 

However, the introduction of some form of goal-line technology into football is now virtually inevitable.

The International Board are expected to approve at least one of two systems that have been subject to in-depth testing when they meet in Kiev the day after the Euro 2012 final.

Hawk-Eye, the camera-based system made famous after being successfully introduced to tennis, and GoalRef, which relies on a chip in the ball, were both selected for further tests at IFAB's meeting in March.

One of them could be introduced for the first time at December's FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

England's friendly win against Belgium at Wembley this month witnessed a Hawk-Eye test, although the results were not made public. 

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