Own-goal for IFAB

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Despite goal–line technology systems being declared ''dead in the water'' by football's rulemakers over a year ago, the technology may be making a comeback.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has given the go–ahead for sportswear and equipment manufacturer Adidas and German 3D–localisation specialist Cairos Technologies to present their findings again later this year. The English Premier League had championed a rival being developed by Hawkeye, and will now decide whether to revive work on that system. Meanwhile, IFAB has also given the green light to further trials of UEFA president Michel Platini's alternative to technology: an extra assistant referee behind each goal–line. The Italian Cup will be the first guinea pig and the French FA has also offered to trial the scheme, while the USA's Major League Soccer is also a possibility. Platini is convinced the system will be operational in football for Euro 2012 and said the Championship in England could also be a possible league for an experiment. Asked if he was confident it would become part of football's rules, Platini said: ''I am sure. '' He added: ''The decision will be made in 2011 so if it is agreed then it will be used in Euro 2012. "

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