Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Europe

Linesman © Action Images

Belgium to use additional linesmen



Belgium is to start using additional linesmen on the goal line in the second half of this season in a boost for Uefa which pioneered the system and favours it over goal line technology.

The additional linesmen will be used during the six-team playoff which decides the Belgian league title and from the semifinals onwards in the Belgian Cup, Uefa said on its website (www.uefa.com).

"This project...... is intended to deliver better decisions, especially regarding crucial situations in and around the penalty area and in offside situations," said Paul Allaerts, technical director for refereeing at the Royal Belgian Football Association.

"Also, it will enable better judgment in match phases in which the ball did or did not cross the goal line."

The system, which consists of an additional linesman is place on each goal line, was developed by Uefa and is used in the Champions League, Europa League and the European Championship.

It was officially approved by soccer's law-making organisation, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), last year and is also being used in Italy's Serie A and the Brazilian championship.

Uefa president Michel Platini has publicly backed the system while opposing the use of goal line technology, which was also passed by IFAB this year.

Fifa, on the other hand, prefers goal line technology which will be used at this year's Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said additional linesmen are unlikely to be used at the World Cup.

Uefa's chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina said: "The main goal of the additional assistant referee system is to support the central referee when an important decision in or around the penalty area has to be taken.

"What we achieved so far in more than 1 200 matches is a better control of the match, a reduction of incidents at corners and free-kicks, a better control of the goal line, and improved accuracy in the offside decisions taken by the assistant referee."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

UEFA Champions League - Play-Off 2nd Leg: Athletic Bilbao v Napoli
Thu, 28 Aug @ 05:00
Fri, 29 Aug @ 09:30

Sports Talk



Sunday Oliseh
Man U need more than an 'Angel'
Just two games into the English Premier League and Manchester United are five points (synonymous to...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Good signs for the Reds despite loss
A brace from Stevan Jovetic and a Sergio Aguero stunner ensured that Manchester City took all three...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Confidence vital for Man United
A lot has been said about what Louis van Gaal has to do to get Manchester United back to the level...

John Dykes
Why always drama?
We’ve already got Crystal Palace in apparent full-scale crisis while Paul Scholes is warning...

Neil Tovey
Bossing the big time
“In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals" - Charles Darwin

Segun Odegbami
The Falcons - fulfilling Pele’s prophecy?
Did you watch the finals of the Fifa Under-20 Women’s World Cup last Sunday night?