FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, yesterday apologised at a media briefing to the English and Mexican teams for the mistakes which were made in their final matches against Germany and Argentina respectively.

“It is obvious that after the experiences so far at this World Cup it would be a nonsense not to reopen the file on goal-line technology,” stated Blatter.

The Tevez goal – the first in Argentina’s second round win on Sunday – was replayed on the screens in the stadium, sparking angry clashes between officials and the Mexican players and coaches.

“Personally I deplore it when you see evident referee mistakes but it’s not the end of a competition or the end of football, this can happen,” added Blatter.

“Yesterday I spoke to the two federations [England and Mexico] directly concerned by referees’ mistakes.”

“I have expressed to them apologies and I understand they are not happy and that people are criticising.”

“We will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and have the first opportunity at the next meeting of the International FA Board in July.”

Blatter was not saying that the correct decisions on both goals would have been given. He was saying that goal line technology will be discussed in the light of the high profile mistake made at the weekend which disallowed Frank Lampard’s goal.

This means changes will take place, but only regarding goal line technology.

The video replay which would have been necessary to show the mistake with the Tevez goal will still not be allowed.

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