The Football League have informed Sky Sports that they are looking at the benefits of goal-line technology being implemented across the three leagues, but admit it doesn’t currently look financially viable.
Goal-line technology has already proved to be a success in the Premier League, such was the case on Sunday in the midlands derby between Leicester City and Aston Villa when Ritchie De Laet’s headed effort was correctly given as a goal, despite not looking to have crossed the line in real time.
The issue has been raised following Saturday’s game between Fulham and Blackburn Rovers when Grant Hanley’s effort appeared to cross the line but wasn’t given, resulting in Blackburn falling to a 2-1 defeat.
This angered Rovers’ boss, Gary Bowyer, who commented to Sky Sports after the game “Hopefully this is an opportunity for the powers that be to make the game better. Why should you only have it in just one league? Cricket don’t just have it in one game, tennis not just at Wimbledon. They are open-minded.”
A Football League spokesman said to Sky Sports: “The Football League supports the principle of goal-line technology, however, the cost of implementation at all 72 Football League clubs would be significant and there is not a financially viable solution available at this time.”
Is it time the Football league finally got goal-line technology, or should we just leave it to the Premier League? By the sounds of it, it doesn’t look like the technology will be coming to the second, third and fourth tier of English football anytime soon.
Football League fans….. What do you make of this news? Should the Football League have goal-line technology? Have your say in the comments section below!