Blatter apologises for referees

England and Mexico received a fulsome apology from Fifa president

Sepp Blatter today over refereeing errors during their World Cup second round

matches and announced Fifa would discuss the introduction of goal-line

technology at a meeting next month in Cardiff, Wales.


The Swiss was reacting to two incidents on Sunday when England’s

Frank Lampard had a goal disallowed even though it was clearly over the line in

his team’s clash against Germany, which would have made it 2-2. The Germans went

on to win 4-1.


Mexico were also left aggrieved when Argentinian striker Carlos

Tevez was clearly offside when he scored their first goal and it was made worse

when the incident was shown on the big screen.


Referee Roberto Rosetti was unable to disallow the goal as he is

forbidden to take into account such evidence. Argentina went on to win

3-1.


Blatter said: “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 (sic) I have spoken to the two

federations directly concerned by the referees’ mistakes. I have expressed to

them apologies and I understand they are not happy and that people are

criticising.


“I apologised to England and Mexico. The English said ‘thank you’

and accepted that you can win some and you lose some and the Mexicans bowed

their head and accepted it.”


Blatter said that the only technology that would be discussed would

be goal-line technology which would have made no difference to the Mexican game

or indeed to the incident when Thierry Henry’s handball set up what proved to be

the crucial goal in the France vs Ireland World Cup play-off last

November.


Blatter said: “The only principle we are going to bring back for

discussion is goal-line technology. 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?


“For situations like the Mexico game you don’t need technology. Its

obvious that that after what we have experienced so far it would be a nonsense

(sic) not to reopen the technology topic in July in Cardiff.”

 
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