Terry ‘save’ opens goal-line debate again

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has reiterated his desire to introduce goal-line technology after Ukraine’s ‘goal that wasn’t’ against England at Euro 2012 last night (Tuesday).

Losing 1-0, the co-hosts needed victory to reach the quarter-finals of the competition from Group D, and would have been a step closer had Marko Devic’s shot correctly been given as a goal.

Instead, John Terry’s clearance preserved a clean sheet for the Three Lions, with Wayne Rooney’s 48th minute header proving to be the difference between the two sides in Donetsk.

Having felt their own sense of injustice against Germany at the World Cup in South Africa two years ago, supporters of England will claim some sort of justice, but for Blatter the situation must now be resolved.

"After last night's match ‪#GLT‬ is no longer an alternative but a necessity," tweeted the president.

The International Football Association Board are set to discuss the possibility of introducing goal-line technology on July 5th in Zurich.

If one of the systems currently being tested is given the green light, then its introduction is likely to come for the start of the 2013-14 season, although individual associations like UEFA could still opt against implementation.

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