FIFA Refuse To Defend Stance On Use Of Technology At World Cup 2010

Spokesman coy on specific arguments...
FIFA communications director Nicholas Maignot has stated that the game's global governing body will not be entering into any debate about the use of video technology in football.

The issue has once again been brought into focus by two weekend incidents at the World Cup.

Frank Lampard had a clear goal disallowed even though the ball had crossed the line, whilst Argentina were awarded a goal that was clearly offside against Mexico.

That latter incident's controversy was exacerbated when the error from the referee's assistant was shown on the big screen at the stadium.

"There are some questions on technology and additional assistant referee experiments and the International FA Board meeting in March took a stance on goal-line technology," he told reporters.

"We will not enter into any debate on refereeing at the daily media briefing. I am not competent to do so.

"The International FA Board, which FIFA is a member of along with the four British associations, dealt with this topic in March. A clear decision on the use of technology was taken at the time.

"I don't think football is very much different from other sports and not all sports have recourse to technology.

"FIFA is not working on refereeing after just one case, FIFA is working on refereeing for many years with the confederations and the national associations.

"Refereeing is a global part of the game and we will continue to work on this."

As for the incident at Soccer City during Argentina's win over Mexico, Maignot admitted that there had been an error from the technical team at the ground.

"There was a controversial action shown during the game on the giant screens last night at Soccer City. This should not happen," he explained.

"The giant screens are part of the infotainment but should not show controversial actions.

"It's handled by a team of colleagues from the organising committee and it has worked very well in most cases. Last night was a clear mistake.

"We will work on this and tighten up on this for the games to be played."

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