EPL accepts goalline technology

  • Reuters, London
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  • Updated: Apr 11, 2013 23:48 IST

The Premier League sought to put an end to contentious goalline decisions by approving the introduction of technology and adopting the British Hawk-Eye system on Thursday. All 20 top-flight clubs voted to approve the technology at a meeting of Premier League chairman.

The decision comes a week after world soccer's governing body FIFA approved the appointment of German-based GoalControl for the Confederations Cup in Brazil this year and the World Cup in 2014.

"The Premier League is pleased to announce that it has awarded Hawk-Eye, the world's leading provider of vision processing instruments to sport, the contract to provide goalline technology systems across its 20 member clubs and all 380 matches," the league said in a statement. "This will be the first time that goalline technology is used in any domestic competition."

The British based company Hawk-Eye known for its ball-tracking technology used in tennis and cricket, claims to be "millimetre accurate ensuring no broadcast replays could disprove the decision".

The system to be used in the Premier League will notify the referee if the ball has crossed the line within one second.

The Football Association wants technology to be introduced at the pre-season Community Shield fixture.


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