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Once again, the England national team fell victim to a refereeing mistake with a goal-line decision. This time their opponents were awarded a phantom goal.

 

England faced Hungary at Wembley, this Wednesday. It was the first match of the English national team after Germany had kicked them out of the World Cup . That 4-1 defeat had also sparked a worldwide discussion about goal-line technology, because the referee had not awarded England a goal although the ball had clearly passed the goal-line after a shot from Frank Lampard.

 

Against Hungary England suffered again. In the 62th minute defender Michael Dawson thought he had cleared the ball from the goal-line after a cross from Zoltan Gera. But the assistant referee decided that the ball had crossed the goal-line: 0-1 for Hungary.

 

Television images showed the ball had not crossed the goal-line, and that Dawson had been right on time with his clearance. And so, England provided another example for the introduction of goal-line technology.

 

FIFA president Joseph Blatter has promised to discuss the possibilities of introducing goal-line technology at the next meeting of the IFAB, scheduled for October 2010. FIFPro expects FIFA to introduce goal-line technology.

 

Despite this unfortunate goal, the English team managed to win the friendly game: 2-1 thanks to two goals by captain Steven Gerrard.

 

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