EPL chief backs goal-line technology

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English Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is hopeful goal–line technology could be introduced into the professional game in the next two years, and has admitted the lack of such systems in the sport is £an embarrassmentØ.

Scudamore told BBC Radio 5 Lives Sportsweek in mid–May 2011 that the Premier League is keen to introduce the technology as soon as possible, with the start of the 2012–13 season being a realistic target after FIFA agreed to carry out further tests. Wed like it now, and the good news is FIFA are now prepared to listen, Scudamore said. It has gone on far too long. Its an embarrassment to us as football administrators. He added: We feel the technology is there, we should be able to use it and its just a question of how we can persuade FIFA it can be done. I would like to have it the season after next – next season is too early but certainly the season after next, I dont see any reason why we shouldnt. Scudamore also revealed that the Premier League is due to consult with other major domestic football authorities this summer to launch initiatives designed to stop players from putting pressure on referees in the 2011–12 campaign. We said at the end of March that we would take the summer to look at it and launch a set of initiatives to reduce those incidents, he added. By the time we get to August there will be some new initiatives.

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