Scudamore eyes goalline technology

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The Barclays Premier League could see goalline technology introduced as early as the 2012/13 season, according to its chief executive Richard Scudamore.

The Premier League's review of the new season will be distributed to MPs on Wednesday and Scudamore has indicated technology could be used in 2012/13.

He is quoted in the Guardian as writing: "The whole point of the game is about scoring goals. Players strain every sinew to either create or deny them, fans shout themselves hoarse exhorting their teams to score them, managers' and players' careers can be defined by them."

Scudamore continued: "The technology is available, it is the fairness that is important and the Premier League would introduce it tomorrow if it could. Now Fifa is constructively engaged we are hopeful the 2012-13 season is a realistic aim."

The ongoing debate on goalline technology has rumbled for several years and England midfielder Frank Lampard's effort in last summer's World Cup second round match against Germany was deemed not to have crossed the line, although replays suggest the clearly should have stood - making the score 2-2.

Lampard benefited from the ruling towards the end of last season when his long-range strike was fumbled by Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and even though the Brazilian managed to reach back and stop the ball on the line, the goal was awarded to Chelsea who went on to win 2-1.

Scudamore also questioned the FA and insisted English football in not in a state of disrepair.

"Some would have it that football in England is somehow broken, irreparably damaged and in need of saving. That is an analysis of the game to which I cannot subscribe.

"Clearly, and by its own admission, the FA needs to address some structural issues that are no secret, as well as create a focus that means they can improve in their key areas of responsibility - the national teams, coach development and grassroots investment.

"However, the Premier League is a crucial part of the association of interests that engage and we have a duty to constructively engage with and support the processes already under way aimed at creating an organisation that can represent the best of English football at every level."

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