FIFPro satisfied with use of goal-line technology
Thursday 05 July
FIFPro welcomes IFAB’s decision to make use of goal-line technology. FIFPro - the representative of all professional footballers worldwide - has argued in favour of the use of cameras at the goal line for quite some years already.
‘A large majority of the players is supporting the introduction of goal-line technology for many years already, as appears from relevant studies done by FIFPro’, says Tijs Tummers, president of FIFPro’s Technical Committee.
‘The purpose of football is to score goals. But it is not always totally clear whether or not a goal has been scored. For this, a tool is needed, according to the players.’
‘Greater restraint has been shown with respect to extending the use of technology to other decisions, but the opinion on goal-line technology has been almost unanimous.’
Secretary General Theo van Seggelen represents FIFPro in the FIFA Task Force Football 2014, which discusses the introduction of new rules. Members of this Task Force are amongst others former players Franz Beckenbauer, Cafú, Dejan Savicevic, Bobby Charlton en Christian Karembeu.
Van Seggelen: ‘We all agreed that the time was more than ripe for goal-line technology. IFAB’s decision, therefore, does not surprise me. The only thing is that it took them very long to take this decision. Unfortunately too long for the Ukrainian national team, that during the EURO 2012 was not awarded a goal against England, because the referees did not see that the ball had passed the goal-line after Marco Devic' shot.’
This is why FIFPro welcomes the decision that the introduction of goal-line technology will not be at the cost of the fifth and sixth referee as introduced by UEFA. Tummers: ‘Both tools can very well coexist, they actually complement each other. Each tool has its own role to play en contributes to ensuring the fairness of the match. That’s what it is all about: the match must develop in the fairest possible way.’
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