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Goal wrongly disallowed in Edinburgh derby in SPL

March 10, 2013

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Hibernian was denied a clear winner on Sunday when a free kick went over the line but a goal was not given in the Edinburgh derby against Hearts that ended 0-0.

Leigh Griffiths’ strike went off the underside of the crossbar and the ball bounced well over the line.

“I spoke to him (the referee) nicely,” Griffiths said. “I went over and asked if he had looked at (the assistant’s) position. He told me the linesman was standing in line with the last defender, but I looked over and saw he was standing on the edge of the 18-yard-box.”

The incident came a week after football’s rule-makers met in Edinburgh and approved regulations for the global roll-out of technology to rule on disputed goal-line incidents.

FIFA will give referees high tech aids at the Confederations’ Cup in Brazil in June and the 2014 World Cup, while the English Premier League will introduce technology for next season.

But the Scottish Football Association, which has championed goal-line technology, says it will have to wait for costs of the systems to come down. Four systems have been licensed by FIFA, with the cheapest costing at least $100,000 to install in a stadium.

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