Premier League ref Marriner pleased with goal line technology

Referee Andre Marriner has welcomed the introduction of goal line technology to the Premier League, Sky Sports has reported, as the Goal Decision System (GDS) comes into use this weekend.

Seven cameras have been installed at every Premier League ground and referees in charge of top flight games will receive instant messages when the ball crosses the line. “It’s fantastic,” Marriner said. “It’s something football has been crying out for.

There has been a lot of publicity, goals given incorrectly and not given over that last three seasons or so, and I think it is something we will welcome.

Rather than undermine the referee, Marriner believes GDS will aid referees and reduce the strain on the official. “Something like goal-line is a matter of fact, if the ball has crossed the line or not, so anything that helps us arrive at the correct decision is what we want,” he said.

But Marriner also hopes the introduction of technology to football ends here, and should not be used to judge fouls – in that case, Marriner argues, the referee’s decision has to be final. “I don’t think it should come in across other decision making processes,” Marriner confirmed.

With goal-line it is a matter of fact whether the ball has crossed the line or not whereas everything else – penalty decisions or fouls – is all down to the opinion of the referee. The pundits sometimes disagree with certain decisions but I think that should stay with the referee.

The system was first used during Manchester United’s 2-0 Community Shield win over Wigan Athletic on Sunday, although there were no incidents to trigger the use of the GDS technology.

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