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Norwich MP heads goal line technology campaign

PUBLISHED: 07:30 30 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 01 July 2010

Simon Wright

Simon Wright

Shaun Lowthorpe

A Norwich MP is taking the campaign to introduce goal line technology at football matches to parliament in the wake of England's World Cup exit against Germany.

A Norwich MP is taking the campaign to introduce goal line technology at football matches to parliament in the wake of England's World Cup exit against Germany.

England crashed out out of the tournament on Sunday in a 4-1 defeat against their bitterest footballing rivals.

But the game was mired in controversy after a first half goal by Frank Lampard, which would have taken the score to 2-2, was not given despite TV replays showing the ball was clearly over the line.

Norwich South MP Simon Wright has tabled a parliamentary motion calling for goal-line technology to be used in the sport.

Mr Wright said: “So many other sports have taken the bold step of introducing technology to assist match officials. Tennis, cricket, rugby, and basketball all have benefited from new technologies. Football is being left behind by FIFA's old fashioned view of sport.

“The argument that goal-line technology would interrupt the flow of the game is completely bogus. It would be perfectly possible to implement the technology in such a way as to allow the fluid nature of football to continue.”

Yesterday Fifa president Sepp Blatter apologised to England and Mexico for refereeing blunders which saw England's goal disallowed and a goal by Argentina's Carlos Tevez being given in their game with the central Amercian side, despite the striker being offside.

Mr Blater also conceded that goal line technology which was ruled out by Fifa, the day before Sunday's matches would have to be looked at again.

Yesterday English refereee Howard Webb, who is on World Cup duty in South Africa, said he had an open mind about the use of goal line technology.

England's players returned home yesterday after what had been a bitterly disappointing tournament.

Mr Wright said while nothing could disguise the poor performances of the players, the whole issue of goal line technology needed to be looked at.

“This isn't about sour grapes,” Mr Wright said. “Frankly, England deserved to lose on the basis of our dismal performance on Sunday. This is about promoting measures to bring greater fairness and justice to the world's biggest sport.

“I really do think that the time has come to put huge pressure on FIFA to look at this issue again, and I'm hoping that many other MPs will agree with me.”

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