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Hawk-Eye approved for the Premier League

ESPN staff
April 11, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Hawk Eye to be introduced next season

Premier League clubs have confirmed the introduction of Hawk-Eye goal-line technology from next season.

The Daily Mail reported that, at a meeting in London, the 20 top-flight chairmen were going to back the use of the British system. They had been considering four potential systems approved by world football's governing body FIFA and were believed to be choosing between Hawk-Eye and GoalControl.

Hawk-Eye has already seen its system successfully utilised in tennis and cricket, while German firm GoalControl has been named as FIFA's preferred provider for next year's World Cup finals.

The installation of the technology will cost around £250,000 per Premier League ground, and it will also be installed at Wembley. The clubs will also vote on ratifying plans to control club spending.

The spending controls - a domestic and less strict version of UEFA's Financial Fair Play plans - would limit a club's total losses over a three-year period to £105 million and bring down spiralling wage bills.

Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore has written to all 20 clubs, calling on them to back the plans, the Times has reported.

The paper has seen an email in which Scudamore suggests clubs who voted against the proposals earlier this year - Aston Villa, Fulham, Manchester City, Southampton, Swansea and West Brom - should reconsider. Reading abstained.

With the two-thirds majority in favour having been reached at a February vote, the chief executive said he hoped "some previous dissenters may see their way to approve the rules, as being consistent with the will of the majority".

Club representatives first met in December to discuss plans for a new system obliging teams to break even and imposing a cap on wages. Chelsea, who had initially been thought likely to oppose FFP regulations, voted in favour and said they would "play our part [in discussions] to ensure implementation is fair for all clubs in the league''.

The Premier League's legal advisers have since been working on the detailed plans now up for ratification.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold, speaking in February, said spending restraints were needed and added: "What's driving the whole thing is we've got to avoid another Portsmouth.''

If the plans are given the final go-ahead, the Premier League will be the first top-flight league in Europe to introduce such a system.

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