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Video review available to help on offside calls
FIFA broadcast chief says video technology already in place to help judge offside calls
By GRAHAM DUNBAR
Associated Press
2014-06-16 03:01 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- When FIFA wants to change football's rules on video review for offside calls, the technology is already there to help.

The head of World Cup broadcast operations says "if the policy changes, technically speaking it is possible."

Francis Tellier, chief executive of Host Broadcast Services, says his team is providing on-screen images in "just a few seconds" for tight offside rulings.

Viewers see a freeze-frame shot with a pitch-wide line to measure the attacking player's position against defenders.

Tellier says one technician is dedicated to "only doing that (and is) super well-trained."

FIFA's long-standing opposition to helping referees with video aids is changing fast.

Goal-line technology is debuting at this World Cup and FIFA President Sepp Blatter last week suggested allowing coaches to challenge referee decisions.

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