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Ghost goal in Spain – hits crossbar and bounces out

Not even close! Spanish ghost goal joins growing list of controversial strikes

The Reebok Stadium hosted a key relegation battle between Bolton and Rangers, and the visitors should have gone ahead but the officials ruled Hill's header had not crossed the line before being clawed out by Adam Bogdan. Replays showed the decision to be clearly wrong and Bolton won the game 2-1.

Juan Mata, Chelsea v Tottenham, 2012

Martin Atkinson awarded Chelsea a goal that put them into a 2-0 lead in this year's FA Cup semi-final despite Benoit Assou-Ekotto appearing to block the ball on the line. The Blues went on to win 5-1 at Wembley.

Marko Devic, Ukraine v England, 2012

England were on the right side of a decision at the European Championships when Marko Devic's shot appeared to have crossed the line before John Terry hooked it out, but it was not given and England won the game 1-0 to top their group.

The new Messi? Cassiano Bouzon- the latest South American wonderkid to catch the eye of Barcelona

VIDEO: The new Messi Here's the latest South American starlet to catch the eye of Barcelona

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00:12 GMT, 29 December 2012

The resemblance is striking. Boasting a magic left foot, a diminutive frame and the ability to ghost past defenders, he could be mistaken for a young Lionel Messi.

And Brazilian prodigy Cassiano Bouzon could soon be teaming-up with Argentina forward Messi at Barcelona.

YOUTUBE_Cassiano Bouzon

Wonderkid: Brazilian Cassiano Bouzon

The 11-year-old was invited to
Europe for a three-week trial after a video was posted on YouTube of the
youngster showcasing his skills in a youth team game.

And Bouzon impressed on trial with the Spanish giants, according to reports in Brazil.

Bouzon must wait for his dream move because of his age and he is expected to join Brasileiro outift Fluminense to continue his development.

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'Barcelona made me very comfortable to review the proposal,' explained
Bouzon's father, and former footballer Tiquinho. 'Doors not closed, he
can go there when you are at 13, 14 years.

'But now we have decided, he'll be here at Fluminense. On day 4 or 5 January I will be in Rio de Janeiro to sign the contract.'

Euro 2012: Michel Platini won"t back goal-line technology, whatever Sepp Blatter thinks

Platini won't back goal-line technology, whatever Blatter thinks

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17:24 GMT, 30 June 2012

UEFA president Michel Platini has launched another attack against the use of technology to help referees.

After much wrangling, it is expected
FIFA will give the green light to the use of goal-line technology when
their International Board meets in Switzerland on Thursday.

For FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the
final straw came in Donetsk, when it was not spotted by the officials
that a shot from Ukraine forward Marko Devic had crossed the line before
it was hooked away by John Terry.

Goal: Michel Platini thinks Ukraine's 'ghost goal' against England is a reason not to have technology

Goal: Michel Platini thinks Ukraine's 'ghost goal' against England is a reason not to have technology

Yet Platini uses that incident to underline why he does not want technology in the game.

Replays have established Devic had been offside earlier in the move, and that had not been spotted either.

'The goal between England and Ukraine: it was a goal. It was a mistake from the referee,' said Platini.

'But there was an offside before then.

'If the officials had given offside there wouldn't have been a goal.

'So why don't we have technology for offside decisions as well Where does it stop'

Hawkeye: What the new system might look like

Hawkeye: What the new system might look like

There is some validity to Platini's argument. In virtually every other sport that uses technology to make decisions, its scope has widened far beyond what was originally intended.

'It's not goal-line technology in itself,' said Platini. 'I am against technology coming into force to actually make decisions.

'It invades every single area.

'If tomorrow someone handballs it on the line and the referee doesn't see it, what then

'We can't just have goal-line technology. We also need sensors to see if someone has handballed it.

'We need cameras to see if it should be a goal or not.'

United front: But Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter (right) disagree on goal-line technology

United front: But Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter (right) disagree on goal-line technology

In addition, whilst Blatter has been convinced by the technology that has been used, Platini is less certain of its worth.

'Are you sure that it works' he said.

'No one has seen the trials, no one has seen anything.

'I read an article from a journalist saying 'We are not 100% sure but we think it will help the referee. We don't know any more than that'.'

There is even the possibility that Platini might look to prevent technology being used in UEFA's flagship tournaments even if FIFA decide to pursue the venture.

'We are going to see if this is suggested and proposed to all federations,' he said. 'The national federations will have then have the chance to decide whether they want goal-line technology.

'Mr Blatter knows what I think of this and I know his thoughts on the issue.'

Harry Redknapp accuses Martin Atkinson of guessing

How could the ref have called that a goal Redknapp accuses Atkinson of guessing

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00:43 GMT, 16 April 2012

Harry Redknapp accused Martin Atkinson of guessing after the referee incorrectly awarded Chelsea a ‘ghost goal’ in their 5-1 demolition of Tottenham on Sunday night.

The official wrongly judged that Juan Mata’s 49th-minute strike had crossed the line, giving Chelsea a 2-0 lead from which Spurs never recovered.

The Tottenham boss said Atkinson had apologised to him after Chelsea booked a place in the FA Cup final against Liverpool on May 5, but labelled the referee’s decision a ‘disaster’.

Ghost goal: The ball clearly did not cross the line from Juan Mata's shot

Ghost goal: The ball clearly did not cross the line from Juan Mata's shot

Redknapp said: ‘Did he guess He must have. He can’t have been sure. He’s just made a mistake, unfortunately.

‘I spoke to him. He says he feels worse than I do. I said: “I don’t think so”. But he says he feels bad.

‘He knows he’s made a mistake and he says he’ll have a bad week as well. There’s nothing we can do now. The second goal was a disaster, nowhere near a goal. An honest mistake, but nowhere near over the line. I don’t see how he can give it.’

Spurs captain Ledley King added: ‘I find it hard to believe that he could have seen it from where he was. You expect the linesman to make the decision and at 2-0 down it’s going to be a tough game against Chelsea.

Not even close: An ITV graphic shows the position of the ball when it struck Assou-Ekotto's foot

Not even close: An ITV graphic shows the position of the ball when it struck Assou-Ekotto's foot

‘We were remonstrating with the referee, telling him it didn’t cross the line but he makes the decision and it’s a massive decision.’

Chelsea captain John Terry and Roberto Di Matteo both admitted they did not think the ball had crossed the line and the Chelsea boss joined Redknapp in calling for goal-line technology to be introduced.

Football’s rule makers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), are expected to make a decision at a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 2.

But Di Matteo insisted he did not think the ‘ghost goal’ was decisive in Chelsea winning the game.

Admission: Terry said he did not think the ball had crossed the line

Admission: Terry said he did not think the ball had crossed the line

The Italian said: ‘I’m not sure. We had scored one already and then scored some more afterwards. If it had been a 1-0 win, maybe. But we scored four more goals apart from that one.

‘In this case we were on the lucky side, but many times before we’ve had decisions go against us. But we didn’t score two goals. We scored five. I don’t know how much it would matter. I can understand Spurs’ frustration, but we believe there was a penalty in our favour in the home game in the League – on Ramires – and we didn’t get it. Sometimes you get a decision. Other times you don’t.’

Terry was in the goalmouth scramble when Mata’s strike did not appear to cross the line and believes goal-line technology should be brought in.

‘I thought it hit me and stayed out but I haven’t seen it on the replays,’ said Terry. ‘We’ve been calling for goal-line technology for a very long time. Let’s hope that people make the right decisions.

Furious: Spurs' players protest after Atkinson awards the goal

Furious: Spurs' players protest after Atkinson awards the goal

‘It was an important game and fortunately it went our way. Throughout the season things go with you and go against you and here it’s gone with us and we’re delighted. I thought we were the better side and scored some great goals.’

Frank Lampard, who went on to score with a powerful free-kick which made it 4-1, was unsighted for the controversial goal as he took the corner that led to the scramble.

‘I didn’t see it,’ said the midfielder, who has won the FA Cup three times and now looks forward to facing Liverpool.

‘Fair enough if we got lucky there, we got lucky. The referee’s given it. We didn’t have a conversation about it. We scored a lot of goals and created a lot of chances and over the course of the game we deserved to win.

Stroke of luck: Lampard (right) celebrates Chelsea's third goal

Stroke of luck: Lampard (right) celebrates Chelsea's third goal

‘It was an amazing game. I thought we played brilliantly. The first half was tough. Didier (Drogba) scored an absolute belter.

‘I think we deserved to win that game with the amount we created. Tottenham are a top side but we won it well.’

Meanwhile, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has confirmed the club’s American owners will attend the final next month. Werner and John W Henry, the leading figures in Fenway Sports Group, were surprise absentees from Saturday’s 2-1 win over Everton, having flown back to America to watch the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

They had been in Liverpool last week to sack the club’s director of football Damien Comolli but Werner said: ‘Wembley will be a lovely place to visit in May.’

Goal-line technology will be tested in April, say FIFA

Goal-line technology will be tested this month, say FIFA after Chelsea 'goal'

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20:34 GMT, 15 April 2012

FIFA have announced that final tests on goal-line technology will begin later this month, before a definitive decision on the matter is made by football's governing body in July.

The announcement comes in the wake of Chelsea's 'ghost goal' against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, when replays showed that Juan Mata's strike had clearly not crossed the line, despite a goal being awarded.

Ghost goal: Benoit Assou-Ekotto clears the ball off Tottenham's line

Ghost goal: Benoit Assou-Ekotto clears the ball off Tottenham's line

The International Football Association Board, the game's rule-making body, last month approved two systems to go into a second round of testing in match scenarios before either can be sanctioned for use in competitive fixtures at a meeting on July 2.

And FIFA confirmed on Sunday that tests with Hawk-Eye or GoalRef will begin before the end of April and continue throughout May.