Goalline technology set for Premiership

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Updated: August 19, 2011

The current Premiership season could be the last one to have goal-line controversies after chief executive Richard Scudamore admitted that he expected technology would be introduced for the 2012/13 season.

“The whole point of the game is about scoring goals,” Scudamore said. “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.

“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.”

Scudamore’s Premier League review will be distributed to MP’s on Wednesday and, following its publication, a debate is expected to take be held by the department of culture, media and sport on football’s future.

The Chief Executive also outlined the Premier League’s position on the game’s governance and the relationship between the FA and the Premier League:

“Some would have it that football in England is somehow broken, irreparably damaged and in need of saving,” he said. “That is an analysis of the game to which I cannot subscribe.

“Clearly, and by its own admission, the FA needs to address some structural issues that are no secret, as well as create a focus that means they can improve in their key areas of responsibility – the national teams, coach development and grassroots investment.

“However, the Premier League is a crucial part of the association of interests that make up the FA and we have a duty to constructively engage with and support the processes already under way aimed at creating an organisation that can represent the best of English football at every level.”

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