Blatter: Let managers challenge referee decisions

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm •  Published: June 11, 2014
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SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter has proposed that football team managers should be allowed to challenge referee's decisions during games.

Blatter's surprise announcement at FIFA's Congress on Wednesday reverses an earlier pledge that goal-line technology was the only camera review of decisions that he would support.

The FIFA boss suggested that managers could be given two challenges per match.

A similar challenge system was introduced in Major League Baseball this season for a limited number of incidents, while coaches in the NFL have been able to use challenges for years.

When Blatter changed his mind on goal-line decisions at the 2010 World Cup — after a clear England goal against Germany was not allowed — he said it was the only technology issue he would open.

On Wednesday, though, Blatter said "I think it's good to put the game and the control of the game in question."

Any such system is still far away from reality, though, as such changes must be approved by the rules panel IFAB, which was caught unawares Wednesday.