The Premier league will be underway in just under a month and many fans are looking forward to the new season.
Excitement is building, with a number of interesting signings happening in recent weeks, including Jesus Navas' move to Manchester City, Wilfried Zaha arriving at Manchester United and Paulinho joining Tottenham.
These all help to increase the excitement for the season ahead and this gives fans something to talk about. However, this season is unique because not only are there lots of new players, but there’s also the introduction of goal-line technology.
The first season to introduce this technology, it is already present in sports such as cricket and tennis for a number of years, but now it will finally be introduced to the Premier League.
This will mean no more big debates whether the ball crossed the line or not because the referee will know if it is a goal or not, and will subsequently give the correct decision.
One of the instances which sparked the use of this technology to be used in the Premier League was when Frank Lampard scored for England in the 2010 World Cup against Germany, but it was disallowed because the referee didn’t see the ball cross the line.
Now, finally, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given the go ahead for goal-line technology.
It is a controversial subject, with many fans believing is the right decision so that referees no longer make errors when deciding whether the ball crossed the line or not.
However, even though the technology will be available in the Premier League it will be turned off in Champions League and Europa League ties because of UEFA, whose president Michel Platini is a long-standing opponent of the technology.
So, by introducing the use of goal-line technology this will enhance the sport and, especially in big matches, will ease the pressure on referees who have a lot to deal with during a match and cannot always witness key moments in the game.
However, even though this will benefit the sport, some fans I’m sure will miss the debates with fellow fans about whether the goal should have been allowed or not.
Will this trigger the start of goal-line technology not only in the Premier League but also in the English Football league including the Championship, League 1 and 2?
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