Blatter confirms goal-line technology talks

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The issue of goal-line technology is on the agenda for the International Football Association Board's October meeting, Fifa President Sepp Blatter has said.

Blatter told a news conference in Singapore that the IFAB, the body responsible for determining the rules of the sport, had agreed in their July meeting to put the issue on their agenda for their official gathering in Wales.

"At this meeting (in October), we will bring the point of goalline technology," Blatter told reporters. "It is now on the agenda."

The debate on the use of technology was raised again when England's Frank Lampard was denied a goal in their World Cup second round defeat to Germany in June, despite television replays showing the ball clearly crossing the goal-line.

Football remains one of the few major sports to resist the use of technology, with tennis, cricket, rugby, NBA basketball and American football all using applied science successfully.

Blatter, who is in Singapore to open the men's and women's football tournaments for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, said that he was in favour of using technology to rule on such contentious decisions providing it was reliable.

"My personal opinion on goal technology has never changed, I have said if we have an accurate and simple system then we will implement but so far we have not had a simple, nor an accurate system."

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