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The International Football Association Board have approved the introduction of Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems so we ask if match officials can be trusted with the big calls


On Thursday it was announced that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) had approved the introduction of goal-line technology into football.

The Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems will almost immediately be put to use, as December's Club World Cup, featuring Chelsea, is expected to see the competitive debut of the technology.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter had been cautious over the matter for some time but, following the announcement, he revealed he is delighted to see the technology's introduction as he had been particuarly upset by Frank Lampard's disallowed goal in the 2010 World Cup against Germany.

Many other sports have successfully integrated technology into top-level action including cricket and tennis, which both use the Hawk-Eye system to track the movement of balls.

Goal-line decisions have been a huge part of football for some time, for instance Juan Mata's strike for Chelsea in last season's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham did not look to have crossed the line. Also John Terry was credited with clearing a ball for England against Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine with replays suggesting that a goal should have been given.

Going further back, in 1966 Geoff Hurst's second goal in the World Cup final with Germany, was infamously given by the 'Russian' assistant, yet such controversial decisions may now be on their way out.


Are you happy with the introduction of goal-line technology in football? Should the decision have been made long ago or should referees be allowed to make decisions for themselves? Do you believe that more technology should be brought in to assist the officials? Vote in the poll, leave your comments below and get in touch on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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