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Wembley set for goal-line technology

01 Mar 2013 15:47:29

Wembley set for goal-line technology

Goal-line technology should be in place at Wembley Stadium for the Community Shield - and replays of the system's decisions will be shown on television, Football Association general secretary Alex Horne revealed on Friday.

However, Horne questioned whether the technology replays would be allowed on big screens in stadiums despite FIFA saying it would have no objection.

The FA and the Premier League are tendering together for a system and are in advanced talks with two of the four licensed providers, including British-based firm Hawk-Eye.

Horne, speaking in Edinburgh ahead of an International FA Board (IFAB) meeting, said: "We are in the middle of tendering at the moment with the Premier League, so it is effectively 20 Premier League clubs and Wembley Stadium.

"We are looking at the providers that are available and are looking at a couple and will be making a decision shortly. We expect the technology to be in place for next season, for the Community Shield."

In terms of replays, Horne said: "Certainly the broadcasters need to have that accessibility to show the goal-line incident because that's at the heart of the integrity of the decision that has been made.

"Whether you show it in the stadium falls in the 'controversial decision' element to me and we have not made a decision on that."

The Premier League said on Thursday that goal-line technology systems will be mandatory in its clubs' stadiums, and Horne said that a decision had still to be taken on whether it would be used in FA Cup matches involving a top-flight side and one from a lower league.

He said: "My view is that it exists as an advantage for both teams.

"It will also be available for example for the play-offs next season at Wembley but it is a decision for the Football League whether they want to use it."


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