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FA 'heartened' by technology

Wembley spokesman tells Sky Sports they are looking forward to introduction of advanced technology

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The Football Association has told Sky Sports they are 'heartened' that goal-line technology testing is in its final stages.

The FA has long been in favour of bringing in the new technology to help with crucial decisions.

The whole issue again came to the fore over the weekend when Chelsea were awarded a goal against Tottenham, which replays showed should not have stood.

Goal-line technology would have meant Juan Mata's goal at Wembley not being allowed, with the issue being investigated by FIFA. The FA is a firm supporter of using such technology.

The final phase of goal-line technology tests will begin later this month before football's rule-makers make a definitive decision in July, FIFA announced on Sunday after the Mata controversy.

The International Football Association Board, the game's rule-making body, last month approved two systems to go into a second round of testing in match scenarios before either can be sanctioned for use in competitive fixtures at a meeting on July 2.

"The FA has been consistent supporters of the introduction of goal-line technology for over a decade," an FA spokesman told Sky Sports.

"We are heartened that we are now in the final stages of testing with IFAB due to take a final decision on 2 July."

IFAB must be satisfied with the speed and accuracy of Hawk-Eye or GoalRef before high-tech aids for referees can be deployed in football for the first time.

Sony Corp's Hawk-Eye is a camera-based ball-tracking system successfully deployed in tennis and cricket. GoalRef, owned by a German-Danish company, uses a magnetic field with a special ball.

Both systems send a signal within a second of the ball crossing the line to the referee, who will retain the power to make the final call.