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Sepp Blatter has apologised for the disallowed goal that allowed England fans to think that it was mere fate and bad luck that caused us to be thoroughly swatted by Germany on Sunday afternoon, and suggested that Fifa might change their mind on the use of technology to help referees during games.

Up until the weekend Fifa were pretty much unequivocally against its use at any level of football, but now lots of English people have got their knickers in a twist over it, they’re going to pay lip service to their concerns and have an ‘inquiry’, during which they will find nothing wrong with the current system of officiating.

‘It is obvious that after the experiences so far at this World Cup it would be a nonsense not to re-open the file on goal-line technology,’ said Blatter. ‘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.'

‘The only thing I can do is yesterday I have spoken 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 first opportunity in July at the business meeting.’

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