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English Football League Ready to Implement Goal Line Technology

The English Football Association suggested Wednesday it would be willing to support the introduction of goal line technology in the sport.

Supporters of the technology got a boost from a blatant mistake in Tuesday night's Premier League game between Manchester United and Tottenham. A shot from the Hotspurs caromed off the chest of United's goalkeeper and bounced a meter behind the goal line before the keeper knocked the ball back into play.

Although the goal appeared obvious to the sellout crowd of 67,000 at Old Trafford and millions in the TV audience, it was missed by the referee and linesman. Instead of winning 1-0 on the 89th minute disputed goal, Tottenham ended up in a scoreless draw.

In an interview in the current edition of France Football magazine, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said a system using microchip sensors could be used on an experimental basis in the game. Any rule change to world soccer must be approved by the International Football Association Board, which meets February 26 in Cardiff.

Some information for this report provided by AP.