Hackett to press Fifa over video technology

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Keith Hackett, head of the Premier League's referees, will present a document to Fifa officials in January outlining the benefits of video technology.

Top flight chairmen in England are leading a campaign for television replays to be given a greater role in the game, as they do in cricket and both rugby codes. Their views have been broadly backed by counterparts across Europe, with many feeling that the financial stakes at the highest level of the game are so high it is nonsense for match officials not to be allowed access to replays which are beamed instantly across the world.

Hackett has long been an advocate of video technology and he is currently putting together a paper which will be presented to the next meeting of Fifa's rule-making International Football Association Board in January.

Goal-line technology will be used in next year's World Club Championship following trials this year in junior competitions run by Fifa, world football's governing body which had planned to use the technology in this year's World Cup but shelved the idea after trials proved inconclusive.

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