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Football clubs say no to goal-line technology

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Football clubs say no to goal-line technology
Stefan Kießling scored a "ghost goal" for Bayer Leverkusen in October. Photo: DPA
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German football clubs rejected the introduction of goal-line technology in the Bundesliga at a meeting on Monday.

The meeting of 36 clubs in Frankfurt am Main failed to get the two-thirds majority needed to change the law.

Twelve clubs voted in favour of using goal-line technology in which cameras are placed around the stadium to check if the ball has crossed the line.

The German system called “Goal Control” was tested during the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Germany’s biggest club Bayern Munich said it would vote in favour of goal-line technology, as did Werder Bremen and VfB Stuttgart. Referees also called for the introduction.

But the majority of the clubs objected. “I’m against it because it is not well thought out enough and costs too much," Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt said.

Reinhard Rauball, president of the Football League said: "We’ve finished for now with this topic."

One of the most recent controversies, which led to calls for goal-line technology, involved a “ghost goal” in which Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kießling "scored" against Hoffenheim in October last year to give his side a 2-1 victory.

But replays showed the ball had not crossed the line. Instead it flew in through a hole in the side of the net.

The English Premier League introduced goal-line technology at the start of the 2013/14 season. 

SEE ALSO: Football chiefs dismiss 'ghost goal' case

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