GENEVA (AP) — Officials from two FIFA-approved goal-line technology systems arrived in Japan on a Club World Cup inspection visit on Tuesday, hours after English football witnessed yet another disputed incident.
Everton was denied what appeared a clear goal against Newcastle in a Premier League match on Monday, as a referee's assistant did not spot that the ball had crossed the line.
The Premier League has pledged to install goal-line technology, though the Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems had no chance of being ready at the start of the season after FIFA's law-making panel cleared them for use in competitive matches on July 5.
FIFA said Tuesday that its project is on schedule, and it has joined English firm Hawk-Eye and German-Danish project GoalRef this week at stadiums in Toyota and Yokohama where their systems will be first used at the Dec. 6-16 club tournament.
"We have to go step by step. It has been serious work together with FIFA," Rene Duenkler, spokesman for the Fraunhofer Institute based in Nuremberg, Germany, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
Hawk-Eye and GoalRef will be installed at one stadium each in Japan in November for final testing ahead of the eight-match Club World Cup, which features continental champions including Chelsea and Corinthians.
The goal-line systems are also scheduled for use at FIFA's Confederations Cup in Brazil next June.
FIFA intends to use one or both systems at the 12 Brazilian stadiums staging 2014 World Cup matches.
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