The Premier League could see the much demanded introduction of goal-line technology earlier than expected with General Secretary of the FA, Alex Horne suggesting systems could be in place as early as next season.
With goal-line tech a continuingly contentious area of football, FIFA has revealed that following years of dragging its heals it is now testing nine possible systems that could bring goal-line technology to the sport for the start of the 2012-2013 season.
"Goal-line technology would be a huge boost for the game," Horne said in a recent interview with the BBC. “For years, we've thought this was a good addition to referees' armoury."
Teasing the possible early arrival of the system that wasn’t expected to feature until the next world cup in 2014 Horne added: "It's possible we could see [goal-line technology] in the Premier League as early as 2012-13. It's easy to make mistakes and we've all seen examples where the referee and assistant referee can't see if a ball has crossed the line or not. We need to support them in decision-making."
With strict rules surrounding what any prospective systems must be able to achieve, FIFA has employed the services of an independent body to assess the offerings of nine prospective companies looking to provide the technology.
“My biggest concern is that you don’t want to kill the game by stopping it all the time but I do think goal-line technology needs to be looked at,” said Arsenal and England midfielder Theo Walcott in an exclusive interview with T3 recently. “These decisions happen so often now.”
Walcott’s words have been echoed around the football and wider sporting world: “I’ve yet to speak to any official that wouldn’t fully endorse any goal-line tech that gave an instant decision,” former Premier League referee Jeff Winter told T3. “In the technological world, there must be a system that can show if a ball’s gone over five inches of white line.”
“I don’t see why football isn’t using goal-line tech already,” England and Northampton winger Chris Ashton exclusively told T3. “It can’t affect the game that much if the referee’s got someone to help. It has worked in rugby so I don’t see why it can’t work in football.”
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