The International Football Association Board has unanimously approved goal-line technology, enabling the Premier League to use the Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems.

At least six of the eight votes were required to ratify a law change, and the system will be introduced for the Club World Cup in December, of which Chelsea will participate.

It will also be used at the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and FIFA will immediately amend the laws of the game to include the use of goal-line technology.

Football Association chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne both travelled to Zurich to cast their vote.

The desire to introduce goal-line technology was reignited after England's 1-0 win against Ukraine at Euro 2012, when the joint hosts were denied an equaliser.

Infamous "ghost goal" decisions:

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  • 1966 and all that...

  • Roy Carroll's Old Trafford infamy, January 2005

  • Liverpool are helped over the line in the 2005 Champions League semi-final

  • A pivotal moment in West Ham's successful bid to avoid relegation at Ewood Park, 2007

  • Watford v Reading, 2008

  • Karma for 1966 in 2010

  • Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

    Gomes recovers after his howler saw the ball trickle towards the line, but the myopic linesman gave Chelsea the goal with Spurs 1-0 up. The Blues won 2-1 courtesy of an offside goal

  • Everyone thinks Sulley Muntari makes it 2-0 to Milan against Juventus, but the goal isn't given. Juve draw the game 1-1 and go unbeaten for the entire 2011/12 season

  • QPR should have gone 1-0 up but don't. They lose 2-1

  • John Terry at the centre of Chelsea's wrongly awarded goal

Marko Devic's shot looped goalwards via a deflection off of Joe Hart clearly crossed the line, yet the additional official beside the goal nor the linesman awarded the joint hosts a goal as the scurrying John Terry cleared the ball.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter tweeted the next day that aiding officials was a "necessity".


Joseph S Blatter
After last night’s match is no longer an alternative but a necessity.

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