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Lampard: Goal-line technology has been a long time coming

England's Frank Lampard reacts after his goal against Germany in the 2010 World Cup was incorrectly ruled out for not crossing the line. Photo: Tony Marshall/EMPICS England's Frank Lampard reacts after his goal against Germany in the 2010 World Cup was incorrectly ruled out for not crossing the line. Photo: Tony Marshall/EMPICS

Friday, April 12, 2013
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Frank Lampard has hailed the introduction of goal-line technology in the Premier League from next season after his wrongly disallowed World Cup strike was one of the catalysts for the decision.

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Yesterday the Premier League agreed a deal with British-based firm Hawkeye which will mean that referees will get a decision on contentious incidents sent instantly to them via a special watch, while replays will be available to be shown by broadcasters and in grounds.

The long-awaited agreement comes after a campaign which only bore fruit after Lampard’s ‘ghost goal’ for England against Germany at the 2010 World Cup that persuaded FIFA president Sepp Blatter to change his mind on the issue.

League chiefs made their recommendation for Hawkeye based on both cost and ease of implementation and use. Earlier this month FIFA chose GoalControl, which is also a camera-based system, for the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June and next year’s World Cup finals.

Two other systems, also German, have also been licensed by FIFA but they both use magnetic sensors rather than cameras.

The agreement will see all 20 Premier League clubs use the Hawkeye system that has been used at the Wimbledon Championships for five years.

The Football Association is set to follow suit with games at Wembley Stadium and the first use likely to be next season’s traditional curtain-raiser, the Community Shield.

Lampard welcomed the move, saying: “It’s a no brainer. It’s been a bit of time coming, but they got there in the end.”

Of the move being a good one for football, the Chelsea midfielder added: “Very good. I think it’s a simple thing. I think it will bring an excitement factor on the times that it is used and it will just give you the correct answer, which I think at this level, when it’s so important, we need that.”

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