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Goal-Line Technology Moves Closer

Two systems approved by FIFA for worldwide use.

Goal-Line Technology Moves Closer

Goal-line technology moved a step closer to the Premier League after FIFA approved two systems for worldwide use.

GoalRef and Hawk-Eye both signed licence agreements on Tuesday after FIFA had previously given the green light for the ground-breaking introduction in July.

Following extensive reviews and field tests, this latest development means that football leagues and competitions around the world are now able to implement either system in order to eradicate controversial incidents and decisions.

The subject, a constant talking point in the game, resurfaced once again last month. Victor Anichebe's late header against Newcastle was adjudged not to have crossed the line by the officials, with replays suggesting otherwise.

Everton manager David Moyes has repeatedly backed calls for the introduction of technology and did so again after the 2-2 draw with the Magpies.

He said: “If you’re the linesman running the line, you’d hope he sees the ball cross the line, that’s their job.

"But incorrect decisions do affect the outcome of a game. We all know the tools will come in eventually.”

Goal-line technology is due to be used for the first time in December at the FIFA Club World Cup.

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