English F.A. Calls for Goal-Line Technology After Missed Call

England’s Football Association repeated its “strong desire” for goal-line technology to be introduced in soccer “as soon as possible.”

The F.A. issued a statement today after Queens Park Rangers had a goal disallowed in a 2-1 Premier League loss at Bolton. While QPR’s Clint Hill appeared to score with a header, referee Martin Atkinson waved play on even though television replays showed the ball had crossed the line before goalkeeper Adam Bogdan knocked it away.

“The F.A. has been a leading proponent of goal-line technology for many years,” the statement read. “We will continue to press for its introduction once further independent testing is complete later this year, so that anyone wishing to introduce the technology is able to do so at the earliest possible opportunity.”

The International Football Association Board, the sport’s rule-making body, last week approved two companies for final testing of goal-line technology. A final decision will be made at a special meeting on July 2.

A disallowed goal by England’s Frank Lampard against Germany at the 2010 World Cup pushed FIFA President Sepp Blatter to re-examine the issue, two years after the sport’s rule makers decided not to pursue the technology. FIFA had been criticized by fans, players and match officials over its failure to adopt video or computerized ways of monitoring the ball’s flight.

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