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Safa welcomes GLT

Safa has welcomed IFAB’s decision to allow Goal Line Technology.

Safa has welcomed IFAB’s decision to allow GLT.

JOHANNESBURG - The approval of Goal Line Technology (GLT) for football was welcomed on Thursday by South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Robin Petersen.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) cleared Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) to use the system at a meeting on Thursday.

The technology will be used at the Club World Cup in Tokyo in December, the Confederations Cup in 2013 and also the World Cup in 2014.

The landmark decision also means football authorities around the world, including South Africa, can introduce the technology in their competitions, using either the hawk-eye or goal ref systems.

Petersen said the decision is a step in the right direction.

"I personally think goal line technology is the way of the future.

"I think it was evident in the latest Euros. It is unfair when a goal is scored and it is disallowed.

He compares cricket's decision to include technology on making final scoring decision.

"You can say it's football but cricket said it all along about the LBW, now it's nice to see you really are out or you really are in."