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FIFA: Fans to see goal-line tech on screen

Goal-line technology decisions will be shown on big screens in stadiums and to television viewers, FIFA have announced.

World football's governing body had insisted that referees could be undermined if the instant results of the technology were revealed but have since reversed that belief before a meeting of the International Football Association Board on Saturday in Edinburgh.

In a document to be assessed by the IFAB, FIFA has said it will allow leagues to decide whether to show instant replays but all referees will have the power to ignore goal-line decisions.

"The question of whether and how replays are shown on TV or in a stadium should be one of the first discussion points when starting the implementation of goal-line technology," FIFA say in a 34-page booklet sent to national associations.

"FIFA recommends involving referees in this discussion as well due to the fact the main objective of goal-line technology is to support and protect the referee."

Five years ago the IFAB had decided that football should remain free of non-human intervention in decision-making but in a meeting set to take place on Saturday, the major talking point will now centre on which technology systems to use.

There are now four systems approved and licensed by FIFA that will be contenders to be used at the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Domestic competitions are also keen to introduce technology with the Premier League hoping to have systems installed by the new season starting in August.

FIFA also disclosed in its latest document that referees could switch off the goal-line technology up to 45 minutes before kick-off if they have doubts about the accuracy of the system.

''If the referee check does not satisfy the referee (i.e. the technology fails one or more tests), the referee must reject the use of the GLT system for the relevant match,'' FIFA says.

Also on the agenda for IFAB, which comprises officials from FIFA and the four British football associations, will be clarifying the contentious offside rule.

FIFA proposes that an attacker should be called offside when "gaining an advantage by being in that position" including receiving the ball from rebounds or deflections from opposing defenders but play should be allowed to continue when receiving a deliberate pass from the opposing team.

Another issue to be discussed will be centred on a contentious goal given in a Champions League match in November when Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano chased the ball down from an uncontested drop-ball and scored against Nordsjaelland whose player's injury had stopped play.

The IFAB are looking to amend the rules to ensure a goal cannot be allowed from that situation if the team expecting to receive the ball has not touched it.

The panel will also discuss approving trials for an electronic chip in players' shirts that could warn of medical problems.

Electronic communication between players and staff is currently banned but the Scottish FA's chief executive Stewart Regan believes electronic chips can be used to monitor the players' health.

"Chips can monitor heart performance, distance run and changes in a person's body function," he said.

This discussion comes following Bolton's Fabrice Muamba collapsing under cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie against Tottenham last March.

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