EFL announce goal-line technology for the Championship next season

Goal-line technology will be introduced to the Championship for the 2016/17 season, the EFL have announced.

Thursday, 16th February 2017, 4:54 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:31 am
The goal line technology being tested. PA Sport

In a meeting today, clubs agreed in principle to the introduction of 'Hawk-eye' to aid referees in deciding whether a ball has crossed the line.

The Premier League has had the advantage of goal-line technology since 2013/14 season and is also already used in the latter stages of the EFL Cup and the Sky Bet EFL Play-Offs.

In a statement released by the EFL, CEO Shaun Harvey said: “I welcome the decision of our clubs to introduce goal-line technology into the EFL. PGMOL officials do an incredible job and this decision is about providing our match officials with as much support as possible to ensure they are best placed to make the right calls in even the most difficult of situations.

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"The technology is widely adopted elsewhere in football, including in two of our competitions and I therefore welcome it as an important addition to the Sky Bet Championship from next season.”

The move comes just days after Sheffield Wednesday were involved in a disputed decision when Blackburn Rovers' Marvin Emnes struck the underside of the bar against the Owls at Hillsborough, with the claim made that the ball had crossed the line when bouncing down. No goal was given and Wednesday won the game 2-1.

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle had said of the decision afterwards: "It is not a question, the ball is clearly over the line, I knew in real time and I have seen it back, the ball is clearly over the line."

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