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Mourinho backs tech calls after Cup howler

Mourinho backs tech calls after Cup howler

FOOTBALL: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has backed the growing calls for the introduction of goal-line technology after a key mistake in Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup semi-final thrashing by Chelsea.

Tuesday 24 April 2012, 03:31PM

Referee Martin Atkinson controversially ruled an effort by Chelsea’s Juan Mata crossed the goal-line in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final victory, which put the Blues 2-0 ahead as they went onto record a 5-1 win over their London rivals.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has led renewed calls for video technology to be introduced after replays appeared to show Mata’s second-half shot being blocked on the line.
Both Manchester United striker Michael Owen and former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullitt made comments calling for the introduction of goal-line technology on their Twitter accounts.

With Real to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final, first-leg, on Tuesday in Munich, Ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho has echoed the calls to introduce goal-line technology as soon as possible.

“My thoughts about technology are the same as everyone else,” said the 49-year-old Mourinho at a press conference here.

“I lost a Champions League semi-final with a goal that was not a goal, the ball didn’t cross the line, so I defend the goal-line technology.”

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