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FIFA president Sepp Blatter reveals he will reconsider goal-line technology after England apology

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has issued an apology to the FA for the incident in England's World Cup clash with Germany on Sunday which saw a clear goal disallowed, and vowed to re-open the debate on goal-line technology.

Frank Lampard's strike, which crashed off the underside of the crossbar and bounced at least a yard over the German goal-line, would have tied the game up at 2-2 just ahead of half-time.

The fact that it was not given has led to increased calls for the use of video technology, and Blatter hinted on Monday that a press conference might reveal a change in FIFA's uncompromising stance on the issue.

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He has also apologised for the decision which saw Mexico concede an obviously offside goal to Argentina on Sunday.

"FIFA will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and will have the first opportunity to discuss this in July at the business meeting of the International Board," Blatter revealed on Tuesday.

"It is obvious that after the experience so far in this World Cup it would be a nonsense to not reopen the file of technology at the business meeting of the International FA Board in July.

"Personally I deplore it when you see evident referee mistakes but it's not the end of a competition or the end of football, this can happen.

"The only thing I can do is yesterday I have spoken to the two federations [England and Mexico] directly concerned by referees mistakes. I have expressed to them apologies and I understand they are not happy and that people are criticising.

"We will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and have first opportunity in July at the business meeting."

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