Fifa puts freeze on hi-tech experiments


The English Football Association and Premier League chiefs had hoped to introduce the ‘Hawkeye’ system in 2009.

Speaking at the annual meeting of Fifa’s International FA Board (IFAB) in Gleneagles, FA chief executive Brian Barwick said: “We are very disappointed.

“The FA has always been in the vanguard of wanting to help the referee and the assistant referees make the right decisions. We’ve always been champions of this.

“We were in favour of goal-line technology but there will be no more experiments and it will not be back on the agenda next year, or in the foreseeable future,” he told BBC Sport.

Jerome Valcke, Fifa’s general secretary, said experiments using the additional linesmen, proposed by Uefa president Michel Platini, would now take place in either a Uefa or Fifa tournament later this year.