Football: EPL could have goal-line technology by 2012/13

LONDON, July 20, 2011 (AFP) - Goal-line technology could be introduced to the English Premier League in time for the 2012/2013 season, chief executive Richard Scudamore said Wednesday.

Writing in a review of the Premier League season to be distributed to British lawmakers later Wednesday, Scudamore expressed hope that controversies over goal-line decisions could soon be a distant memory.

"The whole point of the game is about scoring goals. Players strain every sinew to either create or deny them, fans shout themselves hoarse exhorting their teams to score them, managers' and players' careers can be defined by them," Scudamore writes.

"The technology is available, it is the fairness that is important and the Premier League would introduce it tomorrow if it could. Now FIFA is constructively engaged we are hopeful the 2012-13 season is a realistic aim."

FIFA president Sepp Blatter had been a long-time opponent of goal-line technology, but softened his stance following controversies which included the infamous "goal" by Frank Lampard which was disallowed during England's 2010 World Cup clash with Germany.

The International Football Association Board, which governs the laws of the game, has said that it will continue trials of goal-line technology to find the best possible system before making any final decision.

Other news