2 goal-line tech systems approved for final tests



BAGSHOT, England (AP) — Soccer’s rule-makers have approved two tests on two goal-line technology systems ahead of a vote in July that could see one implemented at the 2014 World Cup.

The International Football Association Board on Saturday assessed the test results from eight systems that could be used to help rule on disputed goals, but only Hawk-Eye and Goal Ref received “very positive” scores and advanced to the next phase of testing.

Blatter ended his long-standing opposition to the high-tech aids after England midfielder Frank Lampard’s “ghost goal” against Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

The July IFAB meeting also will decide whether to lift the ban on female Muslim players wearing hijabs as advocated Saturday in a presentation by FIFA Vice President Prince Ali.