FACTBOX-Soccer-World-Goalline technology key dates

Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:41pm GMT

By Mike Collett

JOHANNESBURG, June 29 (Reuters) - Debates about the ball going over the line or not in soccer have been raging for years.

As long ago as 1932, a Newcastle United goal scored in the FA Cup final against Arsenal stood and caused national outrage because the ball clearly went over the byline before it was crossed and Arsenal's defence stood still waiting for the referee to blow for a goal kick.

The match has entered English folklore as the "Over The Line" final.

Geoff Hursts's second goal and England's third in the 1966 World Cup Final against West Germany is the most famously controversial goal of all time, the legality of which has never been proven. Did it cross the line or not? No one has ever proved it either way.

Now, 44 years later another incident where the ball hit the crossbar and went over the line in an England-Germany match has sparked more furious debate about FIFA introducing goalline technology.

Here are some key dates in the recent debate:

1999: The English League request permission from FIFA to install cameras in the goalposts at the League Cup final between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City but FIFA refuses to sanction the experiment.   Continued...

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