World Cup 2010: Sepp Blatter Apologizes; FIFA Discusses Goal Line Technology

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJune 29, 2010

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologized to the FA for Frank Lampard's disallowed "goal."


England was denied an obvious equalizer in their last game against Germany in the World Cup.

The Three Lions were losing 2-1 when Lampard blasted in a high long-range effort over the keeper. It crashed off the bar and over the line before bouncing back out.

TV replays showed it was clearly a goal but the referee allowed play to continue after dismissing the goal, which resulted in Fabio Capello's squad losing 4-1.

This incident has led to another row about goal-line technology. Blatter admits that FIFA will look into the matter.

He said: "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."

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

He seems to joke about England and their history with Germany and the crossbar.

"It happened in 1966 and then 44 years later—though it was not quite the same.

"I apologized to England and Mexico," The Englishmen said, 'thank you' and accepted that you can win some and you lose some, while the Mexicans bowed their heads and accepted it."

Even though he said they will look into it, Blatter insists the introduction of video replays is not an option.

"Football is a game that never stops and the moment there was a discussion if the ball was in or out, or there was a goal-scoring opportunity, do we give a possibility to a team to call for replays once or twice like in tennis?"

Football does stop though.

The ball goes out of play, players get injured and the game stops. The players are only playing football for about 30-35 minutes each half.

"For situations like the Mexico game you don't need technology."

You clearly do. If a linesman can't see that Tevez was offside what else can u do?