Goal line technology will make its debut in the Premier League this season, after the 20 top flight clubs voted for the system to be brought in for the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign.
Hawk Eye, the company who provides ball-tracking technology for tennis and cricket have been given the go-ahead to provide the service for the beautiful game. The 17 clubs that managed to stay up and the three newly promoted clubs will all see the system installed into their grounds. Goal line technology is expected to be in place when Wigan take on Manchester United in the Community Shield on the 11th of August
But some aren’t all to pleased about the introduction of goal line technology into the Premier League.
Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand has recently voiced his disapproval of the technology. He told The Mirror: “Change is a word I don’t like in football. It is such a great sport, and we are always trying to find ways to change it. Why?
“It has great traditions. Even goal-line technology, I don’t agree with it.
“Incidents like that add to the game because it runs into radio phone-ins, people talk about it in the pub and in other media. Was it a goal or wasn’t it."
UEFA president Michel Platini has also condemned the system saying its too costly to be used in the Champions League.
He told BBC Sport: “It would cost around €54 million over five years for this technology, so its quite expensive for the sort of mistake that happens once every 40 years.”
However, many other football personalities believe that it is the best way to improve the game.
Not least Frank Lampard who was denied an equaliser against Germany in the 2010 World Cup. The ball clearly crossed the line but the match officials didn’t award the goal as they didn’t see it.
He told GQ Magazine: "It's a no brainer. It’s been a long time coming but they got there in the end.”
Goal line technology divides the footballing world whether you are for it or against it. But no matter how you feel about it, you will be seeing it in grounds up and down the UK come August the 17th.
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