Jol backs Blatter's goalline technology dream
Tottenham coach Martin Jol has added his backing for goalline technology following FIFA president Sepp Blatter`s claim it should be in use during next year's World Club Championships in Tokyo.
Blatter says new developments could include a chip-embedded ball that triggered a sensor or a goalline camera.
Jol, whose side climbed to 10th in the Barclays Premiership table with a 3-1 win over Wigan on Sunday, also believes technical equipment would help referees do their job correctly.
Spurs were denied a clear goal against Manchester United two seasons ago when a shot from Pedro Mendes was over the line. However referee Mark Clattenburg, ironically in charge against Wigan at White Hart Lane on Sunday, failed to award the goal and the match ended goalless.
Jol said: 'I do try to back referees because they have a difficult job. But in certain situations, and I go back to that Pedro Mendes `goal' at Old Trafford, I think their job would be easier if they could use technical equipment or the fourth official to review incidents.
'This works well in other sports, like rugby, and we believe there is a lot we could learn from our fellow sporting professionals who play with the oval ball.'
Meanwhile, Spurs` Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov insists the prospect of playing in his first north London derby does not hold any fears for him.
Berbatov took his goal tally to the season for six with another superb performance against Wigan.
The £10.8million signing from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer set up goals for Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon as well as getting on the scoresheet himself.
Now he is relishing the trip to face Arsenal in what will be the first clash between the rivals at the Emirates Stadium.
Berbatov said: 'I want to continue in this way. This win sets us up for Arsenal.
'It's a big game and is the first for me against them. It's the biggest derby but playing in a hostile atmosphere will hold no fear for me.
'I like playing in a hostile atmosphere and, hopefully, we'll win and I can score the goals.'
Spurs will haul themselves level with Arsenal in the Barclays Premiership if they can clinch their first away success against the Gunners since 1993.
Berbatov added: 'If we play as we did in the second half against Wigan we can achieve big things.
'Before we started we were 13th in the league and that isn't good enough for us. We have to be at the top and we will try to do that.'
Despite Berbatov's success, coach Jol has already admitted he may change his attack for each game and that none of his strikers are guaranteed a regular place in the starting line-up.
But England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Jol must rotate the squad as they continue their quest for glory in the Carling and UEFA Cups.
Spurs face Southend in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup and look certain to qualify for the knockout rounds as group winners in the UEFA competition.
Robinson said: 'We've got to rotate the team a little because, if you look at last year, we played only 40 games in the whole season because we were awful in the cups.
'This time we are going to have played 29 games before Christmas and we have to cope with the games in a different way.'