FIFA to Brits: Uh, Sorry About That Goal
Soccer's governing body considers replay after botched call
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2010 6:44 AM CDT
Certainly Wayne Rooney wouldn't be indicating it might be beneficial to referee Jorge Larrionda if he would open his eyes.   (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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(Newser) – FIFA's president is apologizing to the Brits over Frank Lampard's disallowed goal, and just to show he's extra sorry, Sepp Blatter says he's open to revisiting the need for instant replay, reports the Telegraph. As recently as March, FIFA was smugly eschewing replay, but two high profile botched calls in the World Cup (Argentina's opening goal against Mexico was clearly scored by an offsides player) have convinced soccer's governing body otherwise.

"It is obvious that after the experience so far in this World Cup it would be a nonsense to not reopen the file of technology at the business meeting of the International FA Board in July," said Blatter, who added that he had apologized to both English and Mexican franchises. "Personally I deplore it when you see evident referee mistakes but it's not the end of a competition or the end of football. The only thing I can do is yesterday I have spoken to the two federations directly concerned by referees mistakes."