CAPE TOWN: FIFA has rejected the use of extra match officials at next year’s World Cup despite the uproar over Thierry Henry’s handball that helped France qualify at the expense of Ireland.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday that “there is no change for referees” at the World Cup from June 11 to July 11, but added there are further plans to introduce more match officials or technology at a later stage.

Disciplinary case

Meanwhile, FIFA has opened a disciplinary case against Henry for handling the ball. Mr. Blatter said that its disciplinary committee will look at Henry’s behaviour in the Nov. 18 second leg at Stade de France.

Mr. Blatter described Henry’s handball as “blatant unfair playing” that was seen around the world.

The FIFA meet also ruled out the introduction of video technology to assist referees similar to the system used in such as rugby, cricket and tennis. — Agencies

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