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Goal-line technology bandwagon picks up pace

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The goal that never was between Bolton and QPR on saturday has set the goal-line technolgy bandwagon rolling with gusto.

But this bandwagon has people clambering up with indecent haste. FIFA have already declared that they will be looking at two alternative systems of goal-line technolgy and the speed at which this happens will not be changed by an isolated incident that was always bound to happen somewhere.

Listening to QPR boss, Mark Hughes you would believe that this one decision - as blatantly bad as it was - could put QPR down. For a side that had won just one of their previous 15 that's tough to justify.

The worst thing that could happen is the FA and the Premier League try and jump the gun. If the system hasn't got full support from all quarters then any system failure would be worse than a linesman missing the obvious.

The FA issued a statement before the game had even finished calling for soccer's governing body FIFA to bring in technology to prevent so-called "ghost goals".

"Laughably the FA have come out almost immediately and said they're in favour (of technology]," Hughes told the BBC.

"That's absolutely ludicrous, trying to protect the poor performances of the officials they supply us. It's a joke.

"The officials should do their jobs, looking down their line. The linesman's job is to check for that. No excuse because it wasn't a close decision," Hughes added.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has always been against technology but recently relaxed his stance and it could now be used for the first time at the Club World Cup finals in Japan at the end of the year.

The FA has long campaigned for help for officials - a subject that gained momentum after England's Frank Lampard had a goal denied against Germany in the 2010 World Cup finals after his shot hit the bar and bounced over the line.

"Following last week's meeting of IFAB (International Football Association Board) the FA would like to reiterate our strong desire to see goal-line technology introduced as soon as possible," Saturday's FA statement said.

"The FA has been a leading proponent of goal-line technology for many years. 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."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle sympathised with Hughes despite his side benefiting from a clear error.

"Nobody is a bigger advocate of goal-line technology than myself. We had one this year against Chelsea when Kevin Davies scored a goal that wasn't given," Coyle told Sky Sports.

"We saw what happened with England in the World Cup. I can totally understand how Mark will be feeling."

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