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Bayern Munich asks Bundesliga to install goal-line technology after latest controversy
FRANKFURT - Bayern Munich has asked the Bundesliga to install goal-line technology despite being on the right side of a wrong decision in the German Cup final.
Bayern won the final 2-0 in extra time, but only after the referee did not award a goal to Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels. Replays showed the ball crossed the line before defender Dante kicked it out.
It was the latest in a string of wrong decisions, including an allowed goal from a ball that went through the side netting.
Two-thirds of the 36 first- and second-division clubs voted against the technology in March, arguing it was too expensive, and the German Football League (DFL) shelved the project. A camera-based system costs about 500,000 euros ($683,000).
Bayern now wants the technology to be installed only in the first division to "better protect our football and referees above all."
Only half of the 18 first-division teams supported the technology in March.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said it was unacceptable for the referees to be "dragged through dirt publicly" even though they had no technology at their disposal.
"This can and should be prevented," Rummenigge wrote in a letter to the DFL, which runs the Bundesliga.
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