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Friday 31 October 2014

Boyce backs Blatter in goal-line technology call

Fifa chiefs Jim Boyce and Sepp Blatter want goal-line technology brought in as soon as possible

Jim Boyce has called for the immediate introduction of goal-line technology.

The Fifa vice-president wants to see the technology up and running for the new Premier League season.

The International Football Association Board — including the home nations — will vote on whether to introduce the historic new measures on July 5 in Zurich.

And former Irish Football Association president Boyce is determined to see goal-line technology introduced “as soon as possible.”

Fifa president Sepp Blatter declared goal-line technology “a necessity” after Ukraine became the latest victims of its absence.

The European Championship co-hosts were denied an equaliser in the decisive 1-0 Group D defeat to England when officials failed to spot Marco Devic's shot had crossed the line.

And although Uefa president Michel Platini placed his faith in additional assistant referees behind each goal as the way forward, Boyce concedes that the calls for technology must be acted on.

“I’ve been an advocate for goal-line technology for a long time and I have never met a European referee who isn’t supportive of it,” said Boyce. “I think it’s a crazy situation that we don’t have it and the England incident is further proof of the need for it. We are talking about using technology to determine issues of indisputable fact — such as a ball crossing the line — not for other decisions where opinion comes into play.

“I would bring it in for the new Premier League season if it was possible. There is so much money and prestige in the game and we have got to get the very big calls right.”

Blatter, who hopes to convince the game's rule-makers — the International Football Association Board — to give technology the green light, posted on Twitter: “After last night's match (goal-line technology) is no longer an alternative but a necessity.”

Tuesday’s incident left Platini (pictured) red-faced after he made bold claims on the eve of the game about the effectiveness of five officials.

He told reporters: “With five, officials see everything. They don't take decisions without being fully aware.”

In one of the high profile incidents, Northern Ireland international Roy Carroll, when playing for Manchester United, fumbled a shot from Tottenham’s Pedro Mendes in 2005, the ball going two yards over the line before the Enniskillen man clawed it away and the ‘goal’ wasn’t given.

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