fifa gets new rules after sa

THE refereeing system will change for the next World Cup with goal-line technology and extra officials being considered, Fifa said yesterday.

THE refereeing system will change for the next World Cup with goal-line technology and extra officials being considered, Fifa said yesterday.

"I would say that it is the final World Cup with the current refereeing system," Jerome Valcke, general secretary of world soccer's governing body, told the BBC.

Fifa's past resistance to change appears to be shifting after some wrong calls in the World Cup, most notably Frank Lampard's disallowed effort for England against Germany that crossed the goal line, and Carlos Tevez's offside goal for Argentina against Mexico.

Tevez's goal was replayed on stadium big screens, heightening fury among Mexican players and fans.

Valcke said the failure to award Lampard's effort was a "bad day" for organisers.

"We are talking about a single goal not seen by the referee, which is why we are talking about new technology," he said in an interview with the British broadcaster.

"But again let's see if this system will help or whether giving the referee an additional four eyes will give him the comfort and make duty easier to perform."

The use of two extra linesmen to check the goal line and penalty area was tested in the Europa League last season and is to be used in the coming Champions League, from the final qualifying round, and Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has apologised for the mistakes in South Africa and said it would be a "nonsense" not to look again at the merits of goal-line technology such as the Hawk-Eye system used in tennis and cricket.

Valcke said the increased speed of modern soccer had hastened the need for reform.

"The game is different and the referees are older than all the players," he said.

"The game is so fast, the ball is flying so quickly, we have to help them and we have to do something and that's why I say it is the last World Cup under the current system," Valcke told BBC. - Reuters

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