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Goal-line technology 'in 2012-13'

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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is hopeful goal-line technology could be introduced into the professional game in time for the 2012-13 season.

The league have long argued in favour of the introduction of technology, calls which intensified after England's World Cup defeat to Germany last summer when a Frank Lampard shot which crossed the line was not given as a goal. FIFA have long argued against the introduction of technology, arguing that the game should be the same at all levels from park football to the World Cup.

Scudamore told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "We'd like it now, and the good news is FIFA are now prepared to listen. It's gone on far too long, it's an embarrassment to us as football administrators."

He added: "We feel the technology is there, we should be able to use it and it's just a question of how we can persuade FIFA it can be done.

"I would like to have it the season after next - next season is too early but certainly the season after next, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't."

Next season may have a different feel to it in one respect, with the league due to consult with the other major domestic football authorities this summer to launch initiatives designed to deter players from surrounding referees or waving imaginary cards in the 2011-12 campaign.

Scudamore continued: "Since the FA's 'Respect' campaign started, incidents of surrounding the referees have reduced, incidents of trying to get opponents booked or sent off have reduced, but there are still incidents that take place.

"We said at the end of March that we would take the summer to look at it and launch a set of initiatives to reduce those incidents.

"By the time we get to August there will be some new initiatives."

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