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FIFA delays goalline debate

sports Updated: Jul 19, 2010 23:08 IST
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FIFA will not be discussing goal-line technology when it meets in Wales this week, contrary to indications by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Blatter had announced that the controversial issue would be on the menu when he gave England and Mexico apologies for refereeing errors in their World Cup last 16 defeats.

Blatter said goal-line technology had to be discussed once again at the "first opportunity" and indicated that would take place in Cardiff.

"It is obvious that after the experience so far in this World Cup, it would be a nonsense to not re-open the file of technology at the business meeting of the International FA Board in July," he stated in Johannesburg last month.

But a FIFA spokesman said on Monday: "The first formal meeting where that discussion on goal-line technology could take place is in October."

Goal-line technology was back onto FIFA's agenda after England's Frank Lampard had a legitimate goal disallowed.

Mexico were aggrieved when Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez was offside when he scored the first goal.

Japan to be evaluated for 2022 World Cup bid

Osaka, Japan: A five-member team from FIFA is to arrive in the western megacity of Osaka on a four-day trip to see stadiums, facilities and presentations there and in Tokyo.

They will go on to South Korea, Australia, the Netherlands-Belgium (joint bid), Russia, England, Spain-Portugal, the United States and Qatar in that order and draw up reports on the feasibility of each bid.

FIFA's 24 executives will choose the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts on December 2 in Zurich.

Immediately after arrival, the team, led by Chilean Football Federation president Harold Mayne-Nicholls, was to inspect by helicopter the site in Osaka for an 83,000-seat stadium.