Aug 13, 2013

    EPL to end goal-line disputes with cameras

    A TEXT message saying "goal" sent to the referee's watch will end disputes over whether the ball has crossed the line in the English Premier League this season.

    The Premier League will become the first domestic competition to adopt the camera-based technology when it kicks off on Saturday.

    Dubbed Goal Decision System and developed by British company Hawk-Eye, the system promises to give referees a ruling within a second, their watch buzzing to tell them when a ball has gone in.

    There were 31 disputed goal-line calls in the 380 Premier League matches last season and referees got them right in all but three cases, officials said.

    Hawk-Eye, owned by Japanese group Sony, uses seven cameras behind each goal at the 20 Premier League grounds to monitor the ball.

    A disputed goal is part of English-soccer folklore after Geoff Hurst's shot crashed down from the underside of the bar and was ruled to have crossed the line during England's 4-2 World Cup final victory over West Germany in 1966.