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FA plan to use technology at Community Shield

01 Mar 2013 18:16:56

FA plan to use technology at Community Shield

England's Football Association has said it plans to use goal-line technology for the next Community Shield match -- and replays of the system's decisions will be shown on television.

However, FA general secretary Alex Horne questioned whether technology replays would be allowed on big screens in stadiums despite FIFA, football's world governing body, saying it had 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 Football Association 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 Community Shield is the annual curtain raiser to the English season, pitting the Premier League champions against the FA Cup holders.


AFP

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