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Premier League unveil goal-line technology for next season

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Lampard's "ghost goal" against Germany was the inspiration behind GLT (©GettyImages)
Lampard's "ghost goal" against Germany was the inspiration behind GLT (©GettyImages).

The 'revolutionary' goal-line technology system was unveiled at the Emirates stadium today and will be used in Sunday's Community Shield clash with Manchester United and Wigan. 

Hawk-Eye's Goal Decision System will be used to determine whether the ball has crossed the line and will send a signal to the referee's watch and earpiece indicating the outcome. Video replays will also be shown on the big screens inside the stadiums. 

The system uses 14 cameras at a cost of £250,000 per ground and has been installed at Wembley and all 20 Premier League clubs ahead of the 2013/14 season. 

It will be used in all Premier League games, fixtures at Wembley and FA Cup and League Cup matches, dependent on the home club having the system installed, but UEFA have opted against the use of technology.

The system has often been spoken about following several incidents of goals being disallowed despite the ball clearly over the line. Most notably Frank Lampard's disallowed goal in the World Cup 2010 against Germany in the quarterfinals. 

Richard Scudamore, the Premier League’s chief executive, said: "We have the ability through technology to definitively know whether the ball has crossed the line, we should absolutely use it. It's a very exciting development in world football." 

There hasn't been a single goal-line incident in the history of the Premier League that would have not been definitely settled by the technology, according to Scudamore. 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has long supported the introduction of technology in football and hopes that referees will soon get more help for major decisions. 

"I am very happy and I hope it is the first step to referees getting more assistance," he said. 

But there is still opposition to the technology being introduced to the sport. Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand made his feelings clear in an interview with the Sunday People. 

"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 with goal-line technology, I don't agree with it," he said.  

Former referee Graham Poll is another who is against the technology. "I cannot get excited about this long-overdue introduction of technology despite being in favour of it," he wrote in a column earlier this year. 

In last seasons Premier League alone, there were 31 incidents in which the Goal Decision System would have aided the officials.

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