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Goal Line Tech Debate

The FA have insisted goal-line technology be introduced after Chelsea were awarded a crucial goal that didn't cross the line against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final yesterday. Chelsea eventually won the game 5-1.

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The FA reiterate desire for goal-line technology

The goal that wasn't: Juan Mata is awarded the second goal at Wembley Credit: Reuters

The Football Association have stressed their desire to see goal-line technology introduced as soon as possible following Chelsea's 'ghost goal' against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final.

Chelsea were awarded a goal by referee Martin Atkinson but television replays showed Juan Mata's shot had clearly not crossed the line.

FIFA are to start final tests on two goal-line technology systems later this month and a meeting on the International FA Board (IFAB) on July 2 will decide whether to give the green light to either or both systems.

An FA statement said: "The FA has led the calls at IFAB for the introduction of goal-line technology for over a decade, and we reiterate our desire to see it introduced as soon as possible.

"No other single body has called as strongly for its introduction as the FA.

"The FA is not responsible for the introduction of goal-line technology in isolation and awaits the outcome of the next IFAB meeting on July 2."

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