FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologised to the Football Association for Frank Lampard’s ruled out effort against Germany in the crucial last 16 World Cup tie.
With England traling 2 – 1, the midfielder’s looping shot fell back off the crossbar and TV replays quickly showed the ball had crossed the line by approximately a foot. But the officials did not give the ‘goal’ and play continued with Germany in possession.
That incredible moment was to be a big turning point as Joachim Loew’s side cruised to a 4 – 1 win in Bloemfontein last Sunday. Had Lampard’s strike been given, the game at 2 – 2 would have been nicely in the balance going into the second half.
Instead England were still chasing the game after half-time but despite early pressure Germany made them suffer on the counter attack to reach the Quarter-Finals.
Blatter, today, has reacted for the first time since the incident and has promised to raise up the debate about goal-line technology being used in the modern game.
The FIFA president has also apologised to the Mexico, who were outraged when an ‘offside’ Carlos Tevez gave Argentina the lead against them in their second round encounter.
He said: “The only thing I can do is yesterday I have spoken to the two federations directly concerned by refereeing mistakes.
“I have expressed to them apologies and I understand they are not happy and that people are criticising.
“It is obvious that after the experiences so far at this World Cup it would be a nonsense not to re-open the file on goal-line technology.
“We will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and have the first opportunity in July at the business meeting.”