GLT Suppliers Inspect Japan Venues


Goal-line technology is inching closer to introduction as inspectors from each of FIFA’s approved GLT suppliers visit the venues where their systems will debut.
Swiss experts put Hawk-Eye to the test at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium in May. (WFI)
Hawk-Eye and GoalRef will be installed at one stadium each for Japan’s upcoming Club World Cup, which features champions of the six confederations in an eight-match, 11-day tournament.
According to an Associated Press report, FIFA officials are joining the GLT firms this week as they tour Toyota Stadium and International Stadium Yokohama before installing their systems in November for last-minute testing ahead of a Dec. 6 kickoff.
Their visit comes a day after the latest example of a botched call in a big match, this time when Everton missed out a clear goal against Newcastle due to a referee’s assistant not seeing the ball cross the line.
Still, a Premier League spokesman tells Sky News there’s little to no chance of GLT getting introduced anywhere besides the Club World Cup this season.
“Practically no other league or competition will be able to have it set up prior to next season,” he said. That’s what we are currently working towards.”
FIFA also plans to use GLT at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup in Brazil following its approval in July by the International Football Association Board.

First Meeting for CONCACAF Integrity Committee


An independent review of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football is underway following the first meeting of its new Integrity Committee.
President Jeffrey Webb (CONCACAF)
Sir David Anthony Cathcart Simmons, Ernesto E. Hempe and Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina met Tuesday in New York City following their recent appointments by CONCACAF’s ruling Executive Committee.
“It was beneficial to meet with President Jeffrey Webb and the other members of the Integrity Committee today,” Simmons, the committee’s chairman, said in a statement. 
“This was the first step towards an important process and I am pleased that CONCACAF is approaching such matters in a responsible manner as it sets an ethical standard for its new governance.”
Webb added: “This meeting marks the beginning of the independent review process requested by members of the Confederation during the Congress in Budapest.”
Approved in June, the Integrity Committee is one of three new bodies – Audit and Compliance as well as Ethics are the others – set up by CONCACAF to right the ship in the wake of former boss Jack Warner’s implication in a cash-for-votes corruption scandal on the eve of the FIFA presidential election.
According to CONCACAF, the Integrity Committee will meet regularly over the coming months.
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson


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