Germans to test goal-line technology (1 Viewer)

Layce Erayce

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Aug 11, 2002
GERMANY are set to trial a technology that could put an end to controversial goal line clearances.

Officials are constantly being reminded that their split-second decisions on whether a ball has crossed the goal line or not can cost sides games.

Television has put further pressure on referees - and the calls for a technological solution have been widespread.

Now the German national side's game against Lithuania will be used to test equipment that is billed as a possible answer to the problem.

A miniature transmitter in the ball will locate the sphere to within three centimetres - and the company that created the device believe that the system will be an aid to referees - rather then a replacement to their judgement.

There is something of an irony that a German company came up with the device - as their national side were the victims of one of the most controversial goals of all time.

The 1966 World Cup final against England saw Geoff Hurst's shot cannon off the ball and down onto the line - with the Russian linesman deciding to award the goal for the striker's second of his hat-trick.

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