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Goalline technology on agenda for IFAB meeting: Blatter

August 11, 2010 12:42 IST

The issue of goalline technology is on the agenda for the International Football Association Board's (IFAB) October meeting, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday.

Blatter told a news conference in Singapore that IFAB, the body responsible for determining the rules of the sport, had agreed in their July meeting to put the issue on their agenda for their official gathering in Wales later in the year.

"At this meeting (in October), we will bring the point of goalline technology," Blatter told reporters. "It is now on the this agenda."

The debate on the of the use of technology was raised again when England's Frank Lampard was denied a goal in their World Cup second round defeat to Germany in June despite television replays showing the ball clearly crossing the goalline.

Blatter, who is in Singapore to open the men's and women's soccer tournaments for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, said that he is in favour of using technology to rule on such contentious decisions providing it is reliable.

"My personal opinion on goal technology has never changed, I have said if we have an accurate and simple system then we will implement but so far we have not had a simple, nor an accurate system."

The 74-year-old, flanked by AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam, FIFA executive committee member Chung Mong-joon and Singapore FA president Zainudin Nordin, said that a number of groups would be able to present their solutions at the meeting.

"The Cairos-Adidas system said they will have something more simple and the Italian group presented by the Italian FA said they now have a system which is absolutely accurate.

"We have the Hawk-Eye again and then a Swiss watch company Longines, they said we have something that will beat everything so in this meeting all of these people can come and present their different items."