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In Pictures: Six hotly disputed goals
The debate about goal-line technology has been raging for decades.
Debate has been raging for decades about the use of goal-line technology in football.
5 Jul 2012
One of the most famous disputed goals was at the 1966 World Cup final. After Germany had equalised to take the game to extra-time, England(***)s Geoff Hurst was controversially awarded a goal and England went on to win 4-2.
Then-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho coined the phrase (***)ghost goal(***) after a controversial goal in the 2005 Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. The game was decided by a single goal from Luis Garcia that Mourinho maintains never crossed the line.
In an EPL encounter in 2005, Tottenham Hotspur(***)s Pedro Mendes speculative long-range effort crossed the line against Man United. Inexplicably the referee did not award the goal and the game finished a goalless draw.
England were trailing Germany 2-1 at the World Cup 2010 when a Frank Lampard shot clearly bounced over the line, but was not given. Germany won 4-1 but the result prompted FIFA boss Sepp Blatter to reopen the debate on goal-line technology.
AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri was left fuming in February after claiming Sulley Muntari’s disallowed goal would affect the title race in Italy’s Serie A. Muntari(***)s close-range header beat Juve goalie Gianluigi Buffon, but officials failed to spot that the ball had crossed the line.
Luck finally went England’s way in Euro 2012. Ukraine’s Marko Devic looked to have scored an equaliser, with the ball clearly crossing the line before it was hooked clear by John Terry.
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