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Premier League set to introduce goal-line technology as plans get FIFA green light

By Ben Burrows

Manchester United, Manchester City and Wigan Athletic could play with the aid of goal-line technology from as early as next season after the Premier League backed a decision to sanction the system yesterday.

At a meeting in Zurich on Thursday the International Football Association Board (IFAB) gave its approval to the use of goal-line technology after they were presented trials of the Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems.

And the Premier League have echoed IFAB’s view saying they will look to bring the system in as soon as possible.

 “The Premier League has been a long-term advocate of goal-line technology,” read a statement.

“We will engage in discussions with both Hawk-Eye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible.”

At the meeting FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke announced that goal-line technology will be used at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in December.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA opposite number Michel Platini have long been against the use of technology instead favouring the use of the controversial ‘fifth official’.

But after seeing the problems caused by said officials – most notably Ukraine’s wrongly disallowed goal against England at last month’s European Championships – the sport’s governing bodies seem to be coming on board.

England were famously on the wrong end of a bad goal-line decision when Frank Lampard’s ‘ghost goal’ against Germany in World Cup 2010 was wrongly not awarded.

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