(WFI) The English Premier League says it wants to bring in goal-line technology “as soon as is practically possible” following yesterday’s approval by the International FA Board.
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke announced on Thursday that IFAB had approved two goal-line systems made by Hawk-Eye and GoalRef respectively.
The Premier League released a statement welcoming the decision and stating its intention to use either of the two technologies.
“The Premier League has been a long term advocate of goal-line technology,” the statement said, adding that EPL chiefs “will engage in discussions with both Hawk-Eye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible.”
Speaking in the press conference after IFAB’s decision to approve goal-line technology (GLT), Alex Horne, general secretary of the English FA said it was a “great day for football” and suggested the technology could even be introduced during the next Premier League season.
“There is a procurement procedure that the Premier League need to do and they need to talk to the clubs. It could be introduced part way through the season – that’s not a decision for us that is for the Premier League.”
“It could be part way through the 12/13 season, if the technology is licensed in situ in all stadia in the Premier League.”
Horne also dismissed the notion that the introduction during a season could create inconsistency.
“If all 20 clubs agree, say there is a weekend which is a switch-on weekend, then I don’t think anyone is disadvantaged.”
Valcke reiterated yesterday that once a goal-line system is installed in a stadium, it would then be subject to further testing to make sure it meets FIFA’s requirements before being used.
Hawk-Eye’s own goal-line system has already been tested in a Premier League stadium when Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium was used by independent testers EMPA in May. Southampton FC gained promotion to the Premier League that same month.
By INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge
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