Goal Line Technology Delayed

Last updated : 06 October 2011 By Covsupport News Service

Goal-line technology being introduced into English football on a trial appears likely to be delayed.

Alex Horne, the FA's General Secretary has told the BBC that accuracy testing will not be completed and then approved by the International Football Association Board by the start of the 2012/2013 season.

Horne is quoted as saying:  "I think that'll be too late for 2012-13. "I think it'll be 2013-14 because there's then a big capital decision-making process for any league or any competition who want to apply [the technology]."

He added: "There's not going to be one technology for all of world football. "There's a phase of testing up until March 2012 that will establish whether technology can actually achieve reasonable accuracy - 90 per cent, 99 per cent, maybe 100 per cent.

"It's happening live in stadia all around Europe. They can simulate light, they can simulate dark, they can simulate balls rolling across the line, balls being fired in from all different angles.

"Those single points of scoring a goal are so vital and there are so few of them in a football match compared to tennis or cricket that that is where we need the technology.

"If you start using technology to judge offsides, for example, then I think you've gone too far."