ZURICH — FIFA committed Tuesday to using goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and could have four systems competing for selection.
FIFA said it is now seekng tenders from companies that want their system to be used at the Confederations Cup in June and next year’s World Cup.
“Interested GLT companies will be invited to join an inspection visit to the Confederations Cup venues, currently scheduled for mid-March, with a final decision due to be confirmed in early April,” FIFA said in a statement.
The camera-based Hawk-Eye system and GoalRef, which uses magnetic sensors, were used at the Club World Cup in Japan in December.
Those two systems were expected to compete for World Cup duty, although two competitors are making late entries in the contest.
FIFA said two German systems have completed tests and could soon be approved for use. The companies are not being formally More >
European police warned that the integrity of football was at stake, as they revealed they had smashed a criminal network fixing hundreds of matches, including in the Champions League and World Cup qualifiers.
Europol said a five-country probe had identified 380 suspicious matches targeted by a Singapore-based betting cartel, whose illegal activities stretched to players, referees and officials across the world at all levels of the game.
“It is clear to us that this is the biggest investigation ever into suspected match fixing,” Europol chief Rob Wainwright told a news conference in The Hague, adding that the fall-out hit at the heart of the world game’s reputation.
“It is the work of a sophisticated organised crime syndicate based in Asia and working with criminal facilitators around Europe,” said Wainwright.
He added: “Matchfixing is a significant threat to football… involving a broad community of actors. Illegal profits are More >