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
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
"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
“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
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.”