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Goal-Line Technology Will Be Used in the Premier League

Finally, after years of debate and controversial goals, the Premier League has decided to use goal-line technology in the 2013–14 season, becoming the first major European soccer league to do so. Hawk-Eye, owned by Sony, which won the contract with the Premier League, is already used in cricket and tennis.

Hawk-Eye instantly sends a signal — within a second of the ball’s crossing the line — to the referee’s watch, letting him know if a goal has in fact been scored. That information comes into play if the goal is disputed and is useful paritcularly in cases where the ball has been cleared out by the goalkeeper or a defender.

Premier League executive Richard Scudamore, a proponent of the technology, welcomed the decision, saying:

Football is fundamentally a simple game; whichever side scores [the] most goals wins. So, when one is scored, or indeed not scored, and we have the ability through technology to definitively know whether the ball crossed the line, we should absolutely use it. Principally it is about getting it right. Fans, players, and managers exhort, strain, and stress respectively for their teams to score or prevent goals [from] being scored, so we as administrators should do all that we can to ensure the correct decisions are being made.

This has huge financial implications for all of the Premier clubs, especially those whose survival in the league is threatened and for which millions in revenue would be lost if they ended up on the losing side because of ghost goals.

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