Prem could get goal-line technology next season
Published 09:34 24/11/11 By MirrorFootball
Goal-line technology could be used in the Premier League as early as next season.
Football Association general secretary Alex Horne believes that tests into the accuracy of various systems could be completed, and given FIFA approval, in time for the start of the 2012-13 campaign.
“It’s possible we could see [goal-line technology] in the Premier League as early as 2012-13,” he said.
“It’s easy to make mistakes and we’ve all seen examples where the referee and assistant referee can’t see if a ball has crossed the line or not.
“We need to support them in decision-making.”
Horne’s assertions are at odds with comments he made just last month, however, when he claimed the testing would not be completed in time.
Nine systems are being tested by a FIFA-employed authority with a final decision on which system might be used due to be made by the game’s law-makers on the eve of next season in July.
Horne admitted that the tight turnaround could prohibit the introduction for next season.
“Whether there is enough time for the technology to be bought, paid for and put into any league or competition for next season, I’m not sure," he said.
“It would be really tight - but it might be possible for next season.”
One of the systems on trial, ‘Goalminder’, was due to be analysed in front of FIFA’s testers at League One club Rochdale’s Spotland home ground on Thursday night.
However, England Under-21s manager Stuart Pearce said: “I’ve been brought up playing, probably the influence of Brian Clough, that the referee dictates the laws of the game.
“I’m quite happy to turn up to a game and go home from a game and let the referee play the game as he sees it.
“I’m not overly in favour of goal-line technology personally. Some you win, some you lose.
“It doesn’t chew me up when I go home at night when I’ve had a goal disallowed as I know next week that will go in my favour. The spontaneity of it is the excitement.
“I know my thoughts won’t be the same as a lot of other peoples’ thoughts but personally I’m happy to turn up and if the referee sees it and the linesman sees it go over the line then fine.
“If he doesn’t and it goes against you, one week that will go in your favour.”