Brighton versus Watford turned out to be a controversial game when Watford’s Fernando Forestieri was denied a goal that would have put Watford 2-0 up.
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola called for goal-line technology to be used in the Championships to prove his goal was official, but was refused due to high instalment costs.
“There’s no doubt about it – that was definitely a goal. Everyone has seen it but the officials and that is disappointing,”
“I don’t think it was a crowded area. There was only the player, the ball and the line. It hadn’t been seen.” Zola said.
But why not? It would make football more fair and accurate, and in a field where money isn’t a problem, it’s a good investment.
Goal-line Technology (GLT) is already in use in the Premiership and is being set up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The idea of GLT was thought of to aid referees and officials in their decision-making and make football a cleaner game.
It was developed by a German company and this relies on magnetic induction. A low frequency magnetic field is created around the goal and monitored by coils.
A reactive electronic circuit is planted between the outer leather and inner inflatable layers of the ball; the circuit passes through the field and produces a distortion.
The system which monitors the magnetic field detects this distortion and a message is to a wristwatch worn by the referee which confirms a goal.
As well as GLT, Hawkeye was introduced and authorised by FIFA to be set up worldwide.
Hawkeye visually tracks the course of the ball and displays a record of its most statistically likely path as a moving image.
The technology uses several high-speed cameras on each goal to track the ball’s location in relation to the goal line.
It cannot however, tell if a ball has passed the line, but predicts depending on the time and position, if it could have crossed into the goal area.
It is reliable, non-invasive and definitive – providing instant replays to prove the right decisions were made.
FIFA are set to make around £300,000 from the Premier League’s decision to install goal-line technology in stadiums before the start of next season.
All 20 of the clubs within the league will have to pay £15,000 to the organisation for the installation, testing and approval for the technology.
FIFA will also make an extra £15,000 from Wembley Stadium, which will have the technology installed for events such as the FA Cup.
UEFA president, Michael Platini said, “The price for the goal-line technology for UEFA is €53million for five years, so for us it’s very expensive.”
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