FA call for goal-line technology to be introduced as soon as possible

Following a controversial disallowed goal for QPR against Bolton on Saturday, the governing body have again called for technology revealing they will 'press for its inclusion'
The FA have released a statement to reiterate their hopes of introducing goal-line technology after QPR defender Clint Hill saw a perfectly good goal not given in the 2-1 loss against Bolton.

Mark Hughes' side should have taken the lead when the 33-year-old's header crossed the line following a Rangers corner. However, neither the referee nor linesman awarded the goal. Television replays, meanwhile, showed the ball had clearly crossed the line.

The incident has once again sparked the debate on goal-line technology, as Bolton manager Owen Coyle sympathised with QPR over the decision, claiming that "no-one is a bigger advocate" of technology than him.

After the game the FA again joined calls for something to be done by issuing a statement insisting that goal-line technology needs to be implemented in the near future, and that they will keep pushing to make it happen.

The statement, released on the FA website, reads: "Following last week’s meeting of IFAB [International Football Association Board], the FA would like to reiterate our strong desire to see goal line technology introduced as soon as possible.

"The FA has been a leading proponent of goal line technology for many years. We will continue to press for its introduction once further independent testing is complete later this year, so that anyone wishing to introduce the technology is able to do so at the earliest possible opportunity."

Fifa have, as yet, not succumbed to pressure on the issue. However, following Frank Lampard's disallowed effort against Germany in the 2010 Word Cup that appeared to cross the line, president Sepp Blatter has hinted that it could be introduced in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Premier League are currently investigating whether something could be done in time for July with the IFAB approving the principle of the technology.

A final decision will be taken in the summer with the Premier League hopeful it would also be available in time for the start of the new season.

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