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Hawk-Eye miss out on goal-line contract with FIFA after GoalControl seal deal

Germany 2 England 1 in goal-line technology saga as Hawk-Eye miss out on FIFA contract (but they could win Premier League deal)

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Net gains: John Terry makes a controversial clearance in England's 1-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2012

How will it work
Each goal has seven high-speed cameras which track the position of the ball in three dimensions to millimetre precision every two milliseconds.

Within a second of the ball completely crossing the line, the referee is alerted by a vibration and a flashing light on his watch. All camera footage is stored and can be replayed at any time.

How much will it cost
It costs around 170,000 per stadium to install and 2,800 per match to operate

What does it mean for fans
Besides no more missed goals, an instant replay can project a 3D view of the ball’s movement on a virtual pitch to TV viewers at home or to supporters in the stand via the big screen.

PS…

But despite all that technology, referees still retain the authority to make the final decision.

It will cost around 170,000 per stadium to instal and a further 2,800 per match to operate.

GoalControl uses 14 high-speed
cameras to track the 3D position of the ball and promises to alert
referees within a second of the ball completely crossing the line via a
vibration or flashing light on a watch.

FIFA said the German company was
chosen owing to its ‘ability to adapt to local conditions’ in
Brazil. The bids were also ‘judged on cost and project management
factors such as staffing and time schedules for installation’.

The contract, however, is subject to
independent ‘installation tests’ at each of the six stadiums due to be
used for the Confederations Cup – three of which have still not been
completed.

Match officials will also carry out
their own tests before each game, just as they did during the FIFA Club
World Cup in Japan last year.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has urged using goal-line technology in Brazil after Frank Lampard had a clear goal disallowed against Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

Ball-tracking: FIFA hope this system will be a success

Ball-tracking: FIFA hope this system will be a success

Putting it on the line: Hawk-Eye goal-line technology is trialled at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium last year

Putting it on the line: Hawk-Eye goal-line technology is trialled at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium last year

Inconclusive: Chelsea were awarded a dubious goal in the 2012 FA Cup semi-final when the ball was adjudge to have crossed the line

Inconclusive: Chelsea were awarded a dubious goal in the 2012 FA Cup semi-final when the ball was adjudge to have crossed the line

HAWK-EYE REACTION

'Sport teaches us many lessons, including accepting defeat graciously and having confidence in your ability to bounce back strongly. Hawk-Eye wishes FIFA and the appointed GLT supplier every success at The FIFA Confederations Cup 2013.'

Statement released by Hawk-Eye

A FIFA statement said: 'While all
four companies had previously met the stringent technical requirements
of the FIFA quality programme, the final decision was based on criteria
relating more specifically to the tournaments in Brazil, including the
company's ability to adapt to local conditions and the compatibility of
each goal-line technology system in relation to FIFA match operations.

'The respective bids were also judged
on cost and project management factors such as staffing and time
schedules for installation.

'The use of GoalControl-4D in Brazil
is subject to a final installation test at each stadium where the system
will be installed.'

Goal-line: GoalControl-4D's magnetic field system

Goal-line: GoalControl-4D's magnetic field system

In black and white: Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final against Germany

In black and white: Geoff Hurst scores England's controversial third goal in the 1966 World Cup final

VIDEO GoalControl in action

Manchester United academy captain Luke McCullough arrested over "sex in public"

United's academy captain arrested after allegedly having sex in public

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UPDATED:

12:53 GMT, 7 September 2012

A rising Manchester United star has been arrested for ‘lewd behaviour’ after allegedly having sex with a teenage girl in a doorway.

Luke McCullough, 18, who was last season's Academy captain, was seen on CCTV with the woman at 5am on Monday after a night out.

The Northern Irish defender – said by Old Trafford bosses to be the new Jonny Evans – allegedly got ‘overly amorous’ with the blonde.

Arrest: Luke McCullough (right) in action for Manchester United's youth team

Arrest: Luke McCullough (right) in action for Manchester United's youth team

The incident in Concert Square, a popular bar and restaurant district of Liverpool, will infuriate manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

He expects high standards of his young players and just last week banned all of his under-23s from driving flashy sports cars from new club sponsors Chevrolet.

During the incident, the smooching pair allegedly initially moved into a doorway semi-clothed, only for police to send a car to the scene.

The couple were spoken to, did up their clothes and walked away – but just a few yards away went into another doorway and carried on, police said.

Old Trafford: Manchester United bosses have described the Irish defender as the 'new Jonny Evans' and he is cited as a hot prospect

Old Trafford: Manchester United bosses have described the Irish defender as the 'new Jonny Evans' and he is cited as a hot prospect

Officers went back the scene and arrested both for public order offences. The woman received a police caution after admitting the incident.

The Northern Ireland youth captain and centre-back was held in police cells for several hours before being issued with a caution and sent home.

'They were all over each other and they
just couldn’t help themselves. Officers told them to move on and they
agreed but they didn’t get very far before they were at it again. We had no choice (but) to arrest them'

Police source

A police source said: ‘The pair of them were spotted on CCTV in a virtual state of undress but it was only when they move to a doorway we had to send a patrol out.

‘They were all over each other and they just couldn’t help themselves. Officers told them to move on and they agreed but they didn’t get very far before they were at it again.

‘We had no choice (but) to arrest them because all and sundry would have seen what they were up to. Why they didn’t just get a room is beyond us.’

A Merseyside Police spokesman confirmed an 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested in Liverpool early on Monday morning.

Unlikely to impress: The incident will infuriate the club's senior manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, who expects high standards of his young players

Unlikely to impress: The incident will infuriate the club's senior manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, who expects high standards of his young players

He said: ‘Both were taken into custody and spoken to by officers before receiving a formal police caution for a public order offence.’

LUKE MCCULLOUGH
Born: 15/2/1994, Portadown, N. IrePosition: Centre-back
International: N. Ire U17Joined United: 1/7/2010Last season: MUFC Academy captain, 25 appearancesPrevious teams: Dungannon Swifts, County Armagh, Portadown Colleg

Manchester United call McCullough an ‘accomplished defender who is building his reputation as a powerful, commanding presence. ‘

The Portadown teenager joins a collection of Northern Irish players now at the club's Carrington training ground after arriving from Dungannon Swifts.

He was compared with Belfast-born United first-team player Jonny Evans after he became captain of the Academy side in the 2011/2012 season.

He was shortlisted for the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, in memory of the ex-United assistant manager from the Busby Babes era.

Tottenham launch new third kit with FIFA 13 tie-in

Virtual soccer! Tottenham find unique way to launch their new third strip… in FIFA 13

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UPDATED:

11:43 GMT, 29 August 2012

As Premier League clubs try and outdo each other for the most novel way to launch their new kits, Tottenham have raised the bar considerably with a cool tie-in with eagerly-anticipated video game FIFA 13.

Spurs have teamed up with game developer EA Sports to unveil their new black and grey third kit while at the same time giving fans a sneak preview of the latest edition of the long-running FIFA series.

The Under Armour strip features grey and black halves with a yellow strip on the sleeves and collar. The kit makers claim the 'ultra-lightweight fabric balances durability, breathability and mobility.'

Scroll down to watch the video

Ready for action: Tottenham players model the new strip against a backdrop of White Hart Lane

Ready for action: Tottenham players model the new strip against a backdrop of White Hart Lane

The black shorts and socks also feature the yellow edging, with the Spurs cockerel logo prominent.

The
video shows an exact simulation of White Hart Lane, which was dropped
from FIFA 12 but is to be restored on the new version, released on
September 28.

Shirt of two halves: The new black and grey Tottenham Hotspur third kit for 2012-2013

Shirt of two halves: The new black and grey Tottenham Hotspur third kit for 2012-2013

It features Spurs favourites Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and Brad Friedel in a match against Manchester City and concludes with Defoe scoring a screamer past Joe Hart from 25 yards.

The new third kit is available now.

Watch the launch video for the new Spurs third kit

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Portsmouth to start League One season as Michael Appleton eyes signings

Appleton on recruitment drive as crisis club Pompey get green light to start season

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UPDATED:

15:24 GMT, 16 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Portsmouth have been given the go-ahead to start the new season while in administration – and manager Michael Appleton will embark on a transfer spree over the next 48 hours.

Portsmouth's future remains uncertain after former owner Balram Chainrai withdrew his offer to buy the club, but the Pompey Supporters' Trust remain hopeful of completing a takeover.

Pompey face another 10-point deduction but the Football League say that will not come into effect until the club exits administration, meaning they will begin the npower League One season on zero.

Green light: Portsmouth can sign players ahead of the new season after fielding an inexperienced side of youngsters in the Capital One Cup in midweek

Green light: Portsmouth can sign players ahead of the new season after fielding an inexperienced side of youngsters in the Capital One Cup in midweek

A League spokesman said: 'Given the ongoing dialogue between the administrator and the Supporters' Trust, the board has given its consent to Portsmouth beginning the new season in administration.

'The club will start on zero points, with the conditions of membership announced at the board's previous meeting – including a 10-point deduction – not coming into effect unless and until the club exits administration.'

Meanwhile, administrator Trevor Birch has told Appleton he can begin signing players on one-month deals ahead of Saturday's League One opener against Bournemouth at Fratton Park.

Appleton has a host of trialists training with the club including Jon Harley, Brian Howard and Izale McLeod, but having been unable to offer them contracts he was forced to field a virtual youth side in the 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Plymouth on Tuesday night.

Transfer spree: Pompey boss Michael Appleton is set to make his first signings

Transfer spree: Pompey boss Michael Appleton is set to make his first signings

Birch told The News: 'We can sign players and are attempting to sign them between now and Saturday – but only on a monthly contract.

'That means there is no liability for the club. And it can afford to employ them on such terms during administration.

'We are trying to get as many as we can, perhaps eight, nine or 10 players.

'For the players there is no risk. If the club is liquidated they will be able to move to another club, even if it is outside the transfer window.

'And even in administration they will be paid under the terms of their monthly contract.'

London 2012 Olympics: Volleyball – Russia 3 Brazil 2

Russia 3 Brazil 2: Historic comeback stuns favourites at Earls Court

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UPDATED:

15:26 GMT, 12 August 2012

Olympics 2012

Russia became the first team in the history of men's Olympic volleyball to win the final from two sets down as they stunned Brazil at Earls Court on Sunday afternoon.

For the best part of three sets the Europeans looked a shadow of the side which had demolished Bulgaria in the semis, lumbering around the court as Brazil picked points at will.

So easy was their march to victory that at 2-0 and 22-19 they sent on retiring captain Giba – a virtual spectator in London due to injury – to allow him the privilege of being in court when the medal was won.

Comeback kings: Russia celebrate after their unlikely victory

Comeback kings: Russia celebrate after their unlikely victory

Comeback kings: Russia celebrate after their unlikely victory

That proved to be the worst move they could have made as Russia, clearly furious about such a display of disrespect, embarked on one of the most staggering comebacks the sport has seen to wrap up a fourth Olympic volleyball title.

This was the first not won under the USSR name, though, and could in part be put down to the performance of Dmitriy Muserskiy.

Whether he was offended by the Giba substitution or not, he somehow found a whole new level of brutality at the net, using every inch of his 7ft 2in frame to plunder a match-winning 31 points.

On the other side, Brazil were no longer quick around the court and the previously-excellent Sergio could not feed Bruno who would in turn tee up Wallace and Murilo at the net.

The change was remarkable and a far cry from the start of the game when Brazil were desperate to ride the wave of support started by their victorious female counterparts on Saturday night. When the two teams were announced, the overwhelming backing belonged to the South Americans.

Down and out: Brazil's players can't believe what has happened

Down and out: Brazil's players can't believe what has happened

They made sure they fed off it too, getting out to 8-5 in front when the first time-out arrive, mixing some thunderous hitting from Wallace with some more delicate touches from Murilo as Russia failed to settle.

It was not due to a lack of trying, but more down to the ruthlessness with which Brazil were moving around the court. The reception of Sergio was precise, the setting of Bruno fast and the hitting of Wallace and Murilo unrelenting as they moved to 15-9.

There was no stopping the duo – even a run of three Russia points on the serve of Sergey Tetyukhin made no difference – and when Wallace spiked his fifth point of the set, Brazil took it 25-19.

There was no let-up at the start of the second set either, despite Russia getting an early jump to 2-0.

A brilliant block from Sidnei made it 2-2 and then the fine serving of he and Wallace got their side firmly in command at 8-4.

Giant: 7ft 2in Dmitriy Muserskiy

Giant: 7ft 2in Dmitriy Muserskiy

A theme had certainly emerged, with Russia doing their best to hit Brazil off the court only to be denied by Sergio, whose stunning defensive work would pave the way to a thunderous winner at the net.

The score got out to 22-17 when Dante Amaral's kill block won a back-and-forth thriller and, when the same player cracked a spike off Maxim Mikhaylov's fingertips, the set was won 25-20.

Knowing the grave nature of their situation, there appeared to be a greater steel about Russia at the start of the third set and they led at the first time-out, with Muserskiy finally imposing himself on the game with two telling spikes as they edged to 8-7.

A winner and a kill from Sidnei and then a pair of spikes from Wallace spun the set back around in Brazil's favour and, although Sergey Grankin blocked to level at 15-all, Murilo got Brazil ahead at the second time-out.

All over: Brazil's Dante Amaral leaves the field in dejection as Russia celebrate wildly

All over: Brazil's Dante Amaral leaves the field in dejection as Russia celebrate wildly

It was all or nothing for Russia, though, and as Brazil shook a little they pounced, recovering from 22-19 to 22-all and then, despite letting two set points slip through their fingers, eventually took it 29-27 when Muserskiy got an error out of Murilo.

The tables had turned at the start of the fourth, with Russia dictating the pace and picking up points on their own terms, with Maxim Mikhaylov's blocking putting them 8-7 up at the first break.

They continued to dominate after that, leading 15-12 when Brazil were hauled off the court for time-out, with serves going long and spikes persistently shut down.

It was one-way traffic and Russia duly took the set 25-22 before opening up a 3-1 lead in the decider when Amaral hit long.

And when in the fifth set a block from unsuspecting libero Alexey Obmochaev dropped in as a winner, the game was up at 12-6 and eventually Russia closed it out at 15-9.