Blatter Calls for Goal-Line Technology After England-Ukraine Controversy

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on June 20 2012 12:06 PM
FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces Qatar as the host nation for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Zurich.
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter called goal-line technology a necessity after Ukraine wasn't awarded what appeared to be a goal in its match against England at the 2012 European Championship.

Blatter took to Twitter on Wednesday night to address the controversy surrounding England's 1-0 win that propelled it to the quarterfinals and knocked Ukraine out of the competition.

After last night's match GLT is no longer an alternative but a necessity, Blatter tweeted.

Goal-line technology has been a hotly debated topic, but it seemed to gain many supporters on Wednesday after the England-Ukraine match.

In the 62nd minute it appeared that Marko Devic scored a goal only to see England defender John Terry clear the ball with no goal awarded. A replay of the shot showed that the ball clearly crossed the goal line before Terry kicked the ball out of harm's way.

The goal would have tied the game 1-1, but instead Ukraine fell to England and was knocked out of the premier European tournament.

Ukraine supporters were understandably angry after the game, including prime minister Mykola Azarov. The prime minister called on UEFA to draw conclusions about this refereeing so that such incidents don't take place in the future.

There is nothing that UEFA can do to overturn the controversial no-call now, but good news about goal-line technology could be coming in the near future. FIFA will decide on July 5 about whether to approve goal-line technology or approve the five-official system, which is being used at the European Championship.

Michel Platini, the head of UEFA, believes that FIFA will go with goal-line technology.

Yes, Blatter will do it, Platini told reporters. He will (introduce) the technology, but I think it's a big mistake. ... It's the beginning of the technology, the arrival of the technology.

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