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English Premier League keen to use goalline technology

posted 28 Jul 2011, 05:30 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 28 Jul 2011, 05:33 ]
English Premier League are keen to be amongst the first to implement goalline technology.

HONG KONG, CHINA (JULY 28, 2011) REUTERS -   England's Premier League could see the introduction of goalline technology from the start of the 2012/13 season, a spokesman said on Thursday (July 28).

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday that as long as the IFAB approves an "accurate and affordable" system when it meets in London next year, any leagues that want to use it can do so from the start of the next season, a move welcomed by Premier League Chief Spokesman Dan Johnson.

"I think it's very important, because it's absolutely about fairness, I mean the whole point of the game is about scoring goals and when someone's trying so hard to do that and the fans really want to see goals then we should really know when one's been scored," said Johnson in Hong Kong.

"We've seen Sepp Blatter's comments about him moving on and it being a decision by next March and hopefully being able to implement it by next July. We absolutely welcome that, we'd introduce it tomorrow if we could, but we'll certainly be one of the first leagues, one of the first competitions to get it in."

Blatter opposed goalline technology for years and ended the debate on its future in March 2010, only to re-open it after Frank Lampard of England had a legitimate goal ruled out against Germany in the World Cup finals last year.

Blatter apologised for the officials' error a few days later, saying it was an unforgivable mistake and that goal changed his mind on the debate.

Johnson is in Hong Kong as part of the Premier League Trophy's world tour and the Asia Cup pre-season tournament which features English sides Chelsea, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers alongside local team Kitchee.

Asia has been a popular destination for teams to take pre-season tours while looking to broaden their fan-base in the region.

"Traditionally Asia has always been one of the biggest markets for English football, there's a kind of expat thing going on with Hong Kong and Singapore, it's grown from there and teams like Manchester United and Chelsea have been very strong," he said.

"Yes the Premier League has grown across the globe, and teams are going to America and we're big in Africa but I think the passion and the knowledge and the understanding of fans in Hong Kong and the Asia region is still at that level up. And we've seen from the reception we've had this week for all three of our clubs, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Blackburn, you know, that's why we come here."

Chelsea will face Aston Villa in the final of the tournament on Saturday.