New Hawk-Eye system unveiled for Premier League

Hawk-Eye, the new goal-line technology system to be used at Wembley Stadium and in the Premier League, was unveiled on Thursday, the Daily Mail has reported, ahead of its first use during Sunday’s Community Shield between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic.

It was hailed as ‘one of the biggest changes in the 150 years since the game’s laws were conceived’, by FA general secretary Alex Horne, and it arrives after several years of managers and pundits campaigning for goal-line technology in the Premier League after some controversial incidents in recent seasons.

The Hawk-Eye system uses 14 cameras and a signal would be sent to the referee’s watch and earpiece within the space of a second to indicate that the ball has crossed the line. It will be used at every Premier League ground.

FIFA have employed a different goal-line system, Goal Control, which was used at this summer’s Confederations Cup, and will also be used at the 2014 World Cup. UEFA president Michel Platini is opposed to technology however, meaning that it will not be used in European competitions.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is also against the introduction of technology. He said: “I don’t agree with it. Incidents like that add to the game because it runs into radio phone-ins, people talk about it in the pub and in other media. Was it a goal or wasn’t it? People end up disappointed in those situations but it is swings and roundabouts.

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