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Blatter fights for goal-line technology

FIFA president Sepp Blatter insists he would "die'' if he witnesses another World Cup goal-line blunder such as Frank Lampard's disallowed goal for England.

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Blatter believes he can convince football's law-makers to agree to bring in goal-line technology despite the opposition of some of the game's most senior figures.

Blatter arrived in England on Friday for a meeting of the International FA Board, who will be given a report on the latest tests of goal-line systems ahead of a final decision in July.

UEFA president Michel Platini and Franz Beckenbauer, head of FIFA's Football Taskforce 2014, are both fiercely opposed to the technology but Blatter has pushed for it since the embarrassment of Lampard's disallowed goal during the 2010 World Cup match against Germany.

Blatter said:"We don't want a repeat of last World Cup. I think I can convince the IFAB board that we must go forward with technology, we cannot afford to just wait and see what happens.

"Platini doesn't want it but I wouldn't be again in a World Cup and witness another situation - I would die.''

The IFAB is made up of FIFA, who have four votes, and the four home nations, who have one each.

The IFAB will also be asked to overturn the ban on Muslim women players wearing headscarves this weekend.

The ban has been on safety grounds, and FIFA member Prince Ali of Jordan will present IFAB with a specially-designed headscarf or hijab that is designed to fall off immediately if pulled.

The law-makers will also be asked to change the rule for an automatic red card for denying a goal-scoring opportunity. FIFA are proposing that a red card should only be automatic outside the penalty area and that if a spot-kick is awarded then the referee should only dismiss the culprit for"denying an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by holding or an offence committed from behind inside his own penalty area when he has no opportunity to play the ball''.

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