FIFA To Consider Video Replay?

Instant replay may finally be coming to FIFA soccer matches, as FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hinted that the governing body will consider instituting video assistance for referees.  The topic will be debated in March when the International Football Association Board gathers to discuss technology, including the use of video replay, computer chips in balls, and goal-mouth cameras.

The decision will not, however, have any effect on the presence of video replay at the upcoming World Cup in South Africa, according to the Wall Street Journal. FIFA’s executive committee ruled against extra refereeing aids in December, including video replay and the use two extra officials behind the goal to improve monitoring of incidents in the penalty box.

Much of the debate is fueled by Thierry Henry’s infamous handball in last November’s World Cup Qualifying playoff that helped France eliminate the Republic of Ireland from contention for the 2010 World Cup.

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