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Cech pleased with goal-line technology

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has praised FIFA for their decision to introduce goal-line technology during the Club World Cup.

GoalRef, which uses a microchip in the ball, and Hawk-Eye, which is used in tennis and cricket, are the two types of technology being trialled during the competition.

FIFA will assess the success of the new systems with a view to using them during the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 and Cech believes the move is a positive one.

He told reporters: “I’m delighted at FIFA’s decision. In 2010 it became clear that football needs this sort of technology.

“With goal-line technology there are plenty of results that could be changed. As a player, it’s better to wait a moment for the correct call than be let down by an incorrect call.

“It’s always good to have the right call in the end. I’m happy goal-line technology is being used in this tournament, and I hope it proves its value for us.”

Chelsea will join the competition at the semi-final stages with a game against Monterrey on Thursday, and Cech says he is looking forward to the test.

“I’m very happy to participate in the Club World Cup,” Cech said. “First we had to win the Champions League, and that’s no easy task.

“It’s taken eight years for me to appear in the Club World Cup. We’re in good form so I hope we can take advantage of this chance and as our manager says, we want to win.”

Chelsea are strong favourites to win the tournament, but the Czech shot-stopper believes the west London side must not take the competition for granted.

“It’s important for us to take it one step at a time,” Cech said. “We’ll have plenty of chances to win, but that’s another story.

“We’re going to focus on the match right in front of us. Monterrey have the advantage as they’ve adjusted to Japan and had a good match yesterday. We’re going to do the best we can to be fit and ready for Thursday’s match.”

Mon 10 December, 2012
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