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FIFA reviews use of TV graphic after offside error

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 24, 2014 at 11:18 am •  Published: June 24, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA acknowledges its television production team was wrong to broadcast a graphic that suggested Brazil forward Fred was offside when scoring in the 4-1 win over Cameroon.

FIFA director of television Niclas Ericson said Tuesday that the error shown to viewers was under review.

"It is very fast decisions to put in that (graphic), but mistakes can happen," Ericson said in a briefing.

An on-screen graphic displayed a pitch-wide line to measure the Cameroon defenders trailing behind Fred's attacking position in Monday's match.

However, Fred was onside because he was level with the ball when it was passed by teammate David Luiz. Fred's header gave Brazil a 3-1 lead.

"We are discussing that with the production team why that line was drawn wrongly," Ericson said of the apparent misunderstanding of the laws of football.

The confusion provoked "many, many minutes" of discussion in Brazilian broadcasters' commentary, he said.

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