Goal-line technology ruled out

Football's rule-makers have shut the door on goal-line technology and effectively ended any chance of video replays coming into the game.

Football's rule-makers have shut the door on goal-line technology and effectively ended any chance of video replays coming into the game.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Zurich voted against continuing any further experiments with goal-line technology although the English FA and Scottish FA both voted in favour.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said: "The door is closed. The decision was not to go ahead with technology at all."

The IFAB will decide in May whether to pursue the system of having an extra two officials behind each goal-line.

FA chief executive Ian Watmore had been in favour of goal-line technology but was outvoted.

Watmore said: "In the end it came down to a difference of opinion about whether you believe the future of football involves technology or not.

"We had supported the idea of investigating experiments into the use of technology on goal-lines and we would like to have seen it.

"But some of the arguments were very powerful and persuasive and we have to accept them."

Goal-line technology had come back on the agenda following pressure on FIFA to look at other systems following Thierry Henry's handball in the World Cup play-off for France against the Republic of Ireland.

The decision was not made because of any problems with the two experimental systems being developed by Hawk-Eye and German firm Cairos but based on the principle of not using technology in football.

Valcke added: "Technology should not enter into the game, It was a clear, clear statement made by the majority of the IFAB.

"They are saying why should we have technology in a game where the main part should be humans - players and referees.

"Whatever are the mistakes - and yes there are mistakes - and people will review the match and discuss what happened but there was a clear statement that technology should not enter in the game.

"If we start with goal-line technology then any part of the game and pitch will be a potential space where you could put in place technology to see if the ball was in or out, whether it was a penalty and then you end up with video replays.

"Let's keep the game of football as it is."

Jonathan Ford, chief executive of the Football Association of Wales, said: "The human element of the game is the critical element of it.

"The debate they had with the goal in the 1966 final - that's still being talked about in pubs and that's the beauty of the game and keeping the game alive.

"I was worried that you would end up with a stop-start situation where you review all decisions and I don't see that as part of the game."

Patrick Nelson, chief executive of the Irish FA, also backed the FIFA position.

Nelson said: "We very much appreciate the human side of the game, the debate, the controversy, that's why the board has taken this decision."

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