Fifa moves TVs from the touchline

FIFA removed television sets from the touchline for the rest of the Confederations Cup to ensure there is no repeat of the controversy surrounding Brazil's winning goal against Egypt.

FIFA removed television sets from the touchline for the rest of the Confederations Cup to ensure there is no repeat of the controversy surrounding Brazil's winning goal against Egypt.

The Egyptians appealed to Fifa in protest against referee Howard Webb's award of a last-minute penalty to Brazil after appearing to consult with a match official who had watched a replay of the incident.

Officials are encouraged to consult their colleagues and the decision, which sealed Brazil's 4-3 win, was correct, but the use of replays is not sanctioned by football's ruling body.

"To make sure there is no more doubt about the television set, about the match officials at the line, as from yesterday on there are no more television sets there," Fifa president Sepp Blatter said yesterday. "It is away, it is finished. So nobody can say there is interference of videos.

"It is away and this is the result of a situation that could have created some problems."

Blatter said the incident in Bloemfontein on Monday had confirmed his opinion that replay technology was not suitable for use in football.

"I am still of the opinion that we should not use video for

decisions in the field of play," Blatter said. "And this principle is not my principle: it has been confirmed and reconfirmed by the International Football Association Board, the guardians and custodians of the laws of the game."

Blatter said next season's trials in the Europa League using an extra two match officials on the touchline could eliminate any debate over the need for replays.

"This is the future and we will see after one year how this will come out," Blatter said. "But no more monitors in front of the match official."

Blatter also expressed his confidence that South Africa can provide the transport necessary for the 450000 fans expected at next year's World Cup despite experiencing the traffic problems that could blight the major cities.

Blatter was 15 minutes late for his regular pre-match meeting with the media yesterday after getting stuck in traffic on his way to Loftus Versfeld to watch Brazil take on the United States in the Confederations Cup.

But Blatter said work to improve highways and build dedicated bus lanes for the 2010 World Cup were partly responsible for the short-term problems. - Sapa-AP

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