Rigorous testing of goal-line technology systems begins in September (Getty)

(WFI) INSIDER rounds up the latest global football business news.

Goal-line technology testing
Nine companies from Europe have put themselves forward for the first testing phase of goal-line technology, FIFA said today. The first phase will take place between September and December of this year where each company’s systems will be tested across a wide criteria in varying match conditions. The results will be announced in a report by the Swiss institute conducting the testing at the International Football Association Board’s AGM in London next spring. The second phase of testing is due to take place between March and June 2012. The outcomes of the two tests phases will be revealed at a special IFAB meeting next summer where the future of Goal-Line Technology in football with finally be decided. English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said yesterday that he was keen to introduce goal-line technology for the 2012-13 season.

Paraguay play Uruguay in Copa America final
Paraguay progressed to the final of the Copa America after beating Venezuela 5-3 on penalties in last night’s semi-final. Dario Veron sealed Paraguay’s win after Villar had saved from Venezuela’s Lucena to ensure that Paraguay play in the final – despite not having won a game in this tournament without the aid of a penalty shoot-out. They will now face Uruagay in Buenos Aires on Sunday. Luis Suarez scored both goals in his team’s comprehensive 2-0 victory over Peru earlier yesterday.

FIFA warning on player trafficking for match-fixing
FIFA’s head of security has said that players from poorer countries are being “trafficked” around the world to help in organised match-fixing. Chris Eaton told The Independent that in his role overseeing world football’s attempts to tackle corruption, he suspects that criminals are targeting players from “humble origins”. “It is a form of trafficking, in my view – trafficking for criminal purposes,” he was quoted as saying. Eaton’s comments come after Wilson Raj Perumal was sentenced on Wednesday by a court in Finland to two years in prison for masterminding a match-fixing scam.

Bulgaria outlaws match-fixing
The Bulgarian Parliament has outlawed match-fixing in football and attached heavy fines and a sentence of up to six years for anyone found guilty, according to The Sofia Echo. The legislation is part of a new category in the penal code called “offences in sport” where anyone can be punished for violence, fraud, intimidation or any other unlawful method influencing the conduct or outcome of a sports event. The move comes after UEFA submitted eight reports last year outlining concerns and suspicions about match-fixing in Bulgaria.

Turkish FA receives corruption evidence
The Turkish Football Federation will shortly decide what action to take in it’s match-fixing investigation after receiving documents and evidence from a prosecutor on Wednesday. Four folders of documents were sent to the federation from the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office to help it decide whether clubs and officials involved in the case should receive punishments. Fernerbahce, Trabzonspor and Turkish Cup winners Besiktas are the three most well known teams engulfed in the scandal and could face relegation from the first division if found guilty.


Rooney was in scoring mood in United’s defeat of the Sounders (Getty)

hat-trick as Man Utd thump Sounders 7-0
Manchester United continued their tour of America by
thrashing Seattle Sounders 7-0 in a friendly. Michael Owen opened the
scoring in the first half, before Wayne Rooney added a second half
hat-trick and was joined on the scoresheet by Mame Biram Diouf, Gabriel
Obertan and Park Ji-Sung. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson did
not feel the result accurately reflected the game: “I don’t think the
scoreline reflected the chances they managed, because in the first
half, the Sounders had two or three good chances,” he told MLSsoccer.com. Sounders manager Sigi Schmid apologised to his team’s
fans saying it was the biggest embarrassment of his coaching career.

FIFA U-20 role for Senes Erzik
Senes Erzik, a FIFA Executive Committee member and UEFA vice-president, has been named as VP of the FIFA U-20 World Cup organising committee. Erzik will take up his role in Colombia after the 2014 World Cup draw in Brazil on July 30. He said: “This tournament is the second biggest organisation of FIFA after the World Cup. Many talented youth players shined in this tournament before.” In March, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that the 2013 U-20 World Cup would take place in Turkey.

By INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge

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