FIFA rules out video replays

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Despite admitting there have been refereeing mistakes in the World Cup, FIFA rules out the use of video replays to help settle disputes.

FIFA rules out video replays
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Yokohama:

Despite admitting there have been refereeing mistakes in the World Cup, FIFA today ruled out the use of video replays to help settle disputes. Spain yesterday joined a growing list of countries that believe they were eliminated from the World Cup by bad calls. Italy has been in the forefront, suggesting there might have been a conspiracy to oust them. Eliminated 2-1 on Tuesday by South Korea, Italy had five goals disallowed during the tournament, including one against the Koreans, mainly for questionable offside calls. Video replays showed some of the goals were valid. Spain had three goals disallowed in its quarterfinal loss yesterday to South Korea, a game that ended 0-0, with South Korea winning 5-3 on penalties. Two were on disputed offside calls by the Egyptian referee. Another came when a linesman ruled the ball had gone out of play and disallowed a goal an instant later. Television replays showed the ball remained in play. "It's an old chestnut," FIFA spokesman Keith Cooper said today. "They (video replays) have been discussed on many, many occasions. Suffice to say that at the moment it is not on the agenda," he said. (AP)

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