sbobet FIFA confirms goal-line technology to be used at 2014 World Cup in Brazil

sbobet FIFA confirms goal-line technology to be used at 2014 World Cup in Brazil

FIFA has confirmed that goal-line technology will be sbobet used at next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The governing body of world football has already licensed two systems – Hawkeye and Goalref – but has now invited other providers to submit tenders.

Goal-line technology was employed for the first time at last year’s Club World Cup in Japan but FIFA will now roll it out during this summer’s Confederations Cup, as well as the 2014 World Cup.

“The aim is to use GLT in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadia, pending the successful installation, sbobet and pre-match referee tests.”
FIFA
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FIFA said in a statement: “After a successful implementation of Goal-Line Technology (GLT) at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December 2012, FIFA has decided to use GLT at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

“The aim is to use GLT in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadia, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests.

“With different technologies on the market, sbobet FIFA has launched a tender today, setting out the technical requirements for the two forthcoming competitions in Brazil.”

HawkEye involves the use of cameras, while GoalRef is a more scientific system, involving a low-frequency magnetic field surrounding the goal and an electronic circuit in the ball, with goal confirmation being transmitted in a fraction of a second to a watch worn by the referee.

Goal-line controversies at major tournaments

England v Germany – 1966: Geoff Hurst fires a shot against the underside of the crossbar which bounces down and back out of the goalmouth. The referee consults with his linesman and a goal is awarded.
England v Germany – 2010: Frank Lampard’s shot bounces over the line after hitting the crossbar but officials fail to give the goal.
Ukraine v England – 2012: Marko Devic’s shot appears to cross the line before it is hooked clear by John Terry, but the referee waves play on.
A FIFA decision on the preferred provider is due to be made in early April.

Lampard controversy

The incoming technology will be designed to help match officials with critical decisions in matches, and its use appears to have been hastened by England being denied a goal in their defeat to Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

A shot from Frank Lampard hit the underside of the crossbar and replays showed it clearly crossed the line, however Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda did not award a goal, sbobet which would have been an equaliser. With the assistance of a goal-line camera, the costly mistake would not have been made.

Tennis and cricket at the highest level already feature the use of technology, with umpires and players able to turn to replays of key incidents for clarification.

Blatter said at the Club World Cup that FIFA would follow suit.

“The one thing I can say is that the referees are happy to have this help for them because they know now that if there’s a conflicting situation it sbobet is possible to get the assurance to say if it was or wasn’t a goal,” Blatter said in December.

sbobet Paolo Di Canio has resigned as manager of League One side Swindon Town

sbobet Paolo Di Canio has resigned as manager of League One side Swindon Town

Paolo Di Canio has resigned as manager of Swindon Town saying he sbobet is unhappy over “broken promises” and uncertainty over the sale of the League One club.

The 44-year-old Italian, who arrived in May 2011 after their relegation to League Two, released a statement to Swindon’s Advertiser newspaper on Monday night announcing his decision following months of speculation concerning his future.

Di Canio insisted he would have remained as boss had the Football League agreed to the club’s purchase by new owners by 1700 on Monday.

The statement read: “It is with great regret that I find myself having to make this further press statement. Last Tuesday, sbobet 12th February, I formally confirmed my resignation as Manager of Swindon TownFootball Club with immediate effect.

“As I had previously stated, there have been a number of broken promises made by the club over the time that I have been Manager of Swindon Town.”
Paolo Di Canio
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“In my previous press statement on 1st February, I said that I was considering my future, as my position with the club had become untenable, after I found out that Matt Ritchie had been sold without my consent.”

The club avoided administration after a takeover by a local consortium at the beginning of this month, but because the deal was yet to be ratified, the Football League refused to let three players join and winger Ritchie was sold to Bournemouth for £500,000 to raise funds.

Di Canio was upset with the player’s exit and said at sbobet the time: “I am forced to consider my future as I don’t know how I can continue to work in this environment.”

Di Canio quits Swindon
Monday’s statement in the Advertiser added: “There have been a number of broken promises made by the club. Despite these problems, I have delivered everything and more that was asked of me, by achieving promotion last year as Champions and competing this season for promotion to the Championship and being just 3 points from top place a year earlier than expected.

“I did not resign immediately, nor publicise my resignation after I had formally confirmed it, as I did not want to jeopardise the negotiations for the sale of the club and I wanted to sbobet listen to what the proposed new owners plans were.

“Following discussions, my representatives put forward a proposal that would secure my future at the club until at least the end of the season and quite possibly beyond as well. This proposal actually reduced the club’s contractual liabilities to me in the interest of saving Swindon Town FC. At a meeting last Friday the proposed new owners accepted and said they were very happy with the new terms.

“I entered into a temporary arrangement with the proposed new owners to continue in my role as Manager but all this was agreed subject to Football League approval for the purchase of the Club being granted by 5:00pm on Monday 18th February.

“At the time of issuing this statement, I have had no further contact from the proposed new owners and I have been told that unfortunately Football League approval has not been granted yet and therefore my temporary arrangement has ended and my sbobet resignation stands.”

Di Canio ended the statement by thanking the club’s staff and players for their “professional behaviour and attitude “and the fans for their “incredible support”.

When asked to clarify Di Canio’s resignation, a Swindon spokesman said they were unable to expand on the statement.

The former West Ham and Lazio striker led Swindon to promotion as champions last season and steered them to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final. They currently sit in sixth spot sbobet in League One – two points off the second automatic position.

sbobet La Liga: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Espanyol and Valencia win

sbobet La Liga: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Espanyol and Valencia win

City rivals Real and Atletico Madrid both enjoyed Sunday wins sbobet in La Liga as Espanyol’s revival continued to gather pace.

Real Madrid eased to a relatively comfortable 2-0 derby victory over Rayo Vallecano despite playing over 70 minutes with a man less following Sergio Ramos’ dismissal.

In Jose Mourinho’s 100th league game in charge, Real took the lead after just three minutes when Morata, on his first league start, slotted home at the far post following a low ball from Mesut Ozil across the six-yard box.

Ozil was again involved as Real made it 2-0 in the 12th minute, the Germany international sending in a free-kick from the right which Ramos headed home after holding off his marker.

But Ramos was dismissed on 18 minutes when, after picking up his first yellow card after brushing Roberto Trashorras sbobet off the ball, he was shown red after a Jose Manuel Casado cross hit his hand at close range.

Diego Costa repaid the faith of his coach as he found the target on his return to the side in Atletico Madrid’s morale-boosting 3-0 victory at Real Valladolid.

Atletico wasted little time in taking the lead, just 10 minutes on the clock when Radamel Falcao netted his 23rd of the season, although the Colombian was lucky to be given the benefit of the doubt in a close offside call.

Costa made it two just eight minutes into the second half after he was played in by Jorge Koke’s cute header and he finished low and hard beyond the goalkeeper.

The visitors’ victory was cemented in the final minute as a defensive blunder allowed Cristian Rodriguez to add a third, the substitute gleefully poking the ball home from close sbobet range after Antonio Rukavina’s attempted chest back to his goalkeeper fell short.

Ten-man Valencia claimed an unlikely 2-0 win to add to struggling Real Mallorca’s relegation worries in the Primera Division.

Things looked to be going wrong for the hosts when a slow start was compounded by having midfielder Tino Costa sent off in the 28th minute for a bad foul on Jose Nunes.

But Mallorca could not take advantage and went behind in the 59th minute when Ricardo Costa headed Valencia in front before Roberto Soldado doubled the lead in the 81st minute with a low finish.

Real Sociedad missed a chance to gain ground in their bid to qualify for the Europa League after being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Levante.

Carlos Vela put the hosts in front on 17 minutes from the penalty spot after the Mexico international sbobet had been brought down by Nikos Karabelas.

Ten minutes later Levante were given a penalty of their own, when right-back Christian Lell was pushed over in the box by Chory Castro, and Michel converted from the spot.

Michel struck the bar shortly after half-time before Karabelas was shown a second yellow card of the game on 56 minutes, which made it the eighth game in a row in which Sociedad’s opponents had had a man sent off.

Espanyol’s remarkable revival under coach Javier Aguirre continued as a solitary Sergio Garcia goal secured a 1-0 home win over Real Betis.
Christian Stuani struck a post early on for Espanyol before he sbobet created the only goal on seven minutes when the Uruguayan surged down the right wing to pick out Garcia, who steered his shot beyond Adrian.

sbobet Christian Benteke’s agent not ruling out summer move from Aston Villa

sbobet Christian Benteke’s agent not ruling out summer move from Aston Villa

Christian Benteke’s agent says a summer move could happen, but insists sbobet the striker’s current focus is on helping Aston Villa to stay in the Premier League.

The Belgium international has proved to be one of the signings of the season after scoring 15 goals for Villa since his £8million switch from Genk.

Benteke has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Chelseaand Tottenham Hotspur as a result of his impressive form, sbobet although Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned clubs will have to dig deep to sign the 22-year-old.

The forward’s representative Eris Kismet is not ruling out a summer sale if every party is happy and is not surprised other clubs are showing an interest in Benteke.

“It is normal that if sbobet you go to a club and do well, then other clubs will show an interest,” said Kismet in the Daily Telegraph.
“Christian has shown that he can play in England so why not take the step up to the next level if the opportunity is there?

“At the end of the season, interested clubs will talk to Villa, but it has to be right for Villa, the buying club and Christian.

“If all three parties are agreeable, something could happen, but right now his focus is on Villa, helping them stay sbobet in the Premier League.”

sbobet Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal can win Champions League if they beat Bayern

sbobet Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal can win Champions League if they beat Bayern

Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal could go on and win sbobet the Champions League if they can knock out Bayern Munich in the last 16.

Wenger is ready for a busy week, with an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Blackburn coming before their return to European action, and he hopes the Gunners will come out of the back-to-back games with added confidence.

Bayern are looking to go one better in the Champions League, after losing last year’s final to Chelsea, and they go into Friday’s Bundesliga clash with Wolfsburg on an unbeaten run that dates back to the end of October.

But Wenger believes victory over one of Europe’s best teams could be just the tonic they need heading into the final third of the season.

“We have a big game on Tuesday against Bayern. If we get past them, then why should we not go further and win it?” sbobet
Arsene Wenger
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“We have a big game on Tuesday against Bayern. If we get past them, then why should we not go further and win it?” Wenger said.

“It looks at the start that (winning) the FA Cup is more reachable than any other competition, but you don’t really know how difficult it will be.

“If you compare it to the Premier League certainly, we have more chances to do it because we are too far away in the Premier League.

“The FA Cup is an important target for us. We always take it very seriously, we’re on a good run and we want to continue the run. We are the favourites, they’re the outsiders, and have nothing to lose.

“However, if you look at who is in the squad, many of their players have Premier League experience, that is why they are dangerous.”

Arsenal have fitness concerns over sbobet England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who went off at Sunderland last week as a precaution over a thigh problem.

Wenger – We do not choose targets
Wenger said: “I will not take a risk. [That is because of] the rest of the season in mind and what happened to him before.”

Captain Thomas Vermaelen should be back from his ankle problem, but fellow defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) will be assessed.

Ivory Coast forward Gervinho could be back in contention following the Africa Cup of Nations .

“We will play a team who has a good chance to go through with experienced players,” said Wenger.

“We only have big names in our squad, so it will be a team of big names, for sbobet sure.”

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sbobet Borja Perez earns Kilmarnock 1-1 draw at Inverness after Nick Ross opener

sbobet Borja Perez earns Kilmarnock 1-1 draw at Inverness after Nick Ross opener

Borja Perez netted a last-minute equaliser for Kilmarnock as sbobet they snatched a 1-1 draw at Inverness.

The hosts went ahead through Nick Ross’ 21st-minute goal but missed a plethora of chances to extend that lead, and they were punished when Borja converted James Drayton’s cross to earn a point.

Inverness were without sbobet injured captain Richie Foran but started well, with Billy McKay and Andrew Shinnie both going close early on.

Kilmarnock defender Manuel Pascalli then came to the rescue when he got a vital touch to prevent McKay tapping in Shinnie’s pass.

However, Inverness’ pressure paid off when Aaron Doran rounded Ross Barbour and crossed into the box, where Ross got in front of Jeroen Tesselaar and headed home.

Shinnie went close soon afterwards while Doran had a shot spilled by goalkeeper sbobet Kyle Letheren as Inverness pressed for a second.

Inverness remained on top after the interval, with Letheren blocking a Gary Warren shot, Ross Draper heading wide and Graeme Shinnie curling an effort inches past the post.

Terry Butcher’s side had a strong penalty rejected on the hour mark when Momo Sissoko felled McKay, while Graeme Shinnie twice almost gave Caley the second goal their play merited.

Inverness’ profligacy proved costly in the last minute when Borja pounced for his fourth goal of the season, moving Kilmarnock into top six in the SPL table.

The game ended on a sour note for sbobet Kilmarnock with manager Kenny Shiels sent off in injury-time for apparent dissent, having just returned to the dugout following a four-game ban.

sbobet Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has no intention of taking Chelsea job

sbobet Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has no intention of taking Chelsea job

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp insists he has no intention sbobet of becoming Chelsea’s next manager after declaring his happiness in his current role at Singal Iduna Park.

The Blues are working under interim coach Rafa Benitez at present, but he has failed to convince and is unlikely to be offered a permanent deal in the summer.

Speculation has already begun to circulate as to who might take the Stamford Bridge reins, and Klopp is considered sbobet to be among the frontrunners after working wonders at Dortmund.

He is, however, tied to a long-term contract in Germany and insists he has no intention of breaking that agreement, regardless of how much Chelsea may want him.

“I have a contract until 2016. I have said 20 times I’ll definitely stay until 2016. Everybody thinks I say it but that if a club like Chelsea or Real Madrid come in for me, I will go. This is something I can’t change but they will see.”
Jurgen Klopp
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Klopp said in the Evening Standard: “I have a sbobet contract until 2016. I have said 20 times I’ll definitely stay until 2016. Everybody thinks I say it but that if a club like Chelsea or Real Madrid come in for me, I will go. This is something I can’t change but they will see.

“I was the coach at Mainz before Dortmund for seven years. Each year I could have left for a Bundesliga club but I said ‘no, I have a contract, I will stay’. I enjoy what I’m doing here at Dortmund. It’s a great club, a great city, everything is okay.

“It is a really big honour for me, coming from a small village called Bretten in the Black Forest where 1,500 people live, that somebody thinks I can train Chelsea. It’s not a normal story, it’s a special story. But I don’t think about it.

“I had this situation when I was in Mainz. It’s not about the money for me. I have enough to eat three times a day! It’s a big honour, but in this moment I’m not on the market, I’m sorry!”

Compensation

Dortmund are delighted to hear their highly-rated boss committing his future to sbobet them and have also warned Chelsea that they would be wasting their time in making an approach at the end of the season.

Sporting director Michael Zorc said: “It is not worth Chelsea ringing us. There is no chance at all, at least until 2016.

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“Even if they offered compensation the answer would still be no. Even though we are not a bank with too much money, we don’t need it. That’s our situation. He’s priceless. We are committed to each other – we gave our word.

“He won’t stop his work here just because Chelsea offer him a lot of money – that is not the way he thinks.

“Before he was at Dortmund,sbobet he was at Mainz for seven years. It is not the most attractive club in the world but he stuck to it because he has a long-term view and likes to develop and create an era.”

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sbobet Leeds United owners reject investment offer from Yorkshire consortium

sbobet Leeds United owners reject investment offer from Yorkshire consortium

Leeds United owners GFH Capital have rejected an offer from a sbobet Yorkshire consortium to purchase a majority stake in the Championship club.

It was reported that the unidentified group was bidding for a 51% initial share with a view to a phased buy-out.

However, a statement on the club’s website by GFH Capital, the Dubai-based investment bank who completed the takeover from chairman Ken Bates for around £52m in December, read: “The most recent offer has not been accepted.

“Although we continue to seek strategic investors, we will only bring on board those who we feel can make a positive contribution to sbobet the sustainable success of Leeds United.”

“The most recent offer has not been accepted. Although we continue to seek strategic investors, we will only bring on board those who we feel can make a positive contribution to the sustainable success of Leeds United.”
Leeds owners GFH Capital
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Bates is still chairman and is set to become honorary president at the end of the current campaign. They are 11th in the championship and five points away from the play-off spots.

GFH expressed their satisfaction sbobet at what had been achieved since announcing they had acquired the club on 21 December by saying they were “delighted with the progress”.

The statement added: “On the pitch, we were thrilled to bring in quality players such as Steve Morison, Michael Tonge, Stephen Warnock and Ryan Hall.
“They, along with our extended contracts for El Hadji Diouf and Sam Byram, are great additions to the squad and will provide a great boost as we head further into the second half of the season. There is also the FA Cup 5th Round tie against Manchester City to come and we know you are all as excited about that as us.

“Off the pitch, we have made significant investment of working capital that was crucial to keeping the club running. On top of producing the best results on the pitch, it is our aim to expand and strengthen the Leeds United brand both here in Leeds and across the globe with the thousands of fans that follow the club from abroad.”

Uncertainty and speculation of staff changes continue to hamper manager Neil Warnock, sbobet whose contract expires in May, with the club’s Supporters Trust demanding the situation be clarified.

Warnock, however, is staying cool on his role and said on Friday: “My future will be decided on the field anyhow. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think we could still get promotion.”

sbobet ACN: Mali beat Ghana 3-1 to finish third

sbobet ACN: Mali beat Ghana 3-1 to finish third

Mali enjoyed a second successive third-place play-off win over Ghana as sbobet they triumphed 3-1 at the Africa Cup of Nations in Port Elizabeth.

Goals from Mahamadou Samassa and Seydou Keita gave Mali control but they had to hold on thereafter.

Mubarak Wakaso blazed a 56th-minute penalty over before Kwadwo Asamoah’s speculative strike with eight minutes left eluded sbobet a diving Mali goalkeeper Soumaila Diakite.

But Ghana failed to force an equaliser and substitute Sigamary Diarra ensured Mali would again take a podium place, after beating Ghana 2-0 in this game last year.

Ghana made a promising start with Asamoah Gyan volleying over from 25 yards while Christian Atsu forced Diakite into action for the first time on 15 minutes.

Despite that it was Mali who grabbed the opening goal through Samassa after 21 minutes.

Adama Tamboura delivered a cross from the left side of the penalty area that the Chievo striker nodded home.

Samassa almost had a second just before half-time but his 18-yard effort struck a post and bounced to safety.

Mali did go 2-0 ahead three minutes after the break when their former Barcelona midfielder Keita timed his run perfectly to score.

Ousmane Coulibaly rolled a low pass across the face of goal and, while there were defenders stationed on the line, Keita’s was best placed as he made a late run from midfield to stab home.

Ghana should have drawn level from the penalty spot, although the award was contentious.

Salif Coulibaly was ruled to have handled a sbobet cross from the right although replays suggested he had used his chest to control the ball.

It mattered not as Wakaso, who had converted his three penalties in the tournament so far, sliced his shot high over the crossbar.

Keita then correctly had a goal disallowed for offside before Diakite inexplicably missed Asamoah’s long-range strike.

The goalkeeper over-reacted to his shot, diving full length to his left when he needed only stand still, to allow a well-hit shot drift inside him and into the net.

Solomon Asante was sbobet booked for diving trying to win a penalty in injury time before Sigamary Diarra sealed the win, lashing in a first-time shot after the Ghana defence failed to clear a long punt forward.

sbobet Championship leaders Cardiff City travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday

sbobet Championship leaders Cardiff City travel to Huddersfield Town on Saturday

Runaway Championship leaders Cardiff City look to continue their sbobet march to the Premier League as they travel to managerless Huddersfield.

Town have yet to appoint a new manager following Simon Grayson’s departure, meaning caretakers Steve Eyre and Mark Lillis will continue in charge.

The Terriers have just one win in 14 games, whilst Cardiff – who are ten-points clear at the top – have lost just once in their last 14. sbobet

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Second placed Leicester City are the form side in the division with sbobet five successive wins and they take that record to bottom of the table Peterborough United – who remain six points off safety.

Both third placed Hull City and Watford in fourth are live on Sky Sports this weekend. On Friday, Watford get the chance to move into second – albeit possibly for less than 24-hours – as they host Crystal Palace, who could also jockey into second with victory at Vicarage Road.

Hull take on Brighton at the AMEX Stadium in the late kick-off on Saturday, looking to continue their promotion push.

Middlesbrough will look to end their woeful run of form as they host third bottom Barnsley in a Yorkshire derby at The Riverside.

Burnley could close to within one point of the play-offs as they travel to neighbours Bolton Wanderers – who sit just three points sbobet off the bottom three.

Wolves’ current plight is even worse than Bolton as they are two points further off the pace and they entertain Leeds United at Molineux in desperate need of the spoils.

Sean O’Driscoll gets a quick chance to come up against Nottingham Forest as his former employers travel to Bristol City – who are second from bottom. New boss Billy Davies, who succeeds Alex McLeish at the City Ground, does not take charge of Forest until Monday.

Blackburn look to bolster their charge to a play-off spot as they host Ipswich Town at Ewood Park.

Blackpool, another team still without a manager, sbobet have just one win in eight games and will look for an upturn in their fortunes against Millwall at Bloomfield Road.

Charlton look to end a run of two successive defeats as they host Birmingham – who if they win at the Valley will climb above the Addicks.

Finally, Sheffield Wednesday host Derby County at Hillsborough, with the Rams sitting just six points off the play-offs. Wednesday are four points off the drop-zone.