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Clarke calls for goal-line technology

9 August 2015

Manager reiterates stance after Birmingham fixture

After Reading’s opening day defeat to Birmingham City, Royals manager Steve Clarke reiterated his belief that goal-line technology could and should be rolled out throughout the Football League divisions, following its successful introduction to the Premier League.

Reading were denied what would have been a legitimate equalising goal at St Andrew’s when Aaron Tshibola’s powerful strike from 20 yards bounced over the line via the underside the crossbar – in the context of the game, it would have drawn the Royals level at 2-2 and put Clarke’s team back in the ascendency.

And while Clarke couldn’t say for sure whether it was in from his position in the dugout, he highlighted that the officials should be offered help in coming to the black-and-white decision if the technology is available.

“My initial was reaction was that the way the ball came out, it looked as though it had been over the line,” Clarke said after the game.  “One or two people that I’ve spoken to said that it looked over the line.

“Why there isn’t goal-line technology in the Championship, League 1 and League 2, I don’t know.  It is a really simple thing to do and everybody could have it – there’s so much money in the game now and the professional game could be covered from top to bottom by goal-line technology.

“Instead of giving all the money to one big superstar player, take a little bit of that and give everybody enough money to get goal-line technology.  It’s a clear decision – it’s a goal, but it’s not a goal. 

“It works really well in the Premier League, so why not bring it in here?  It would be for the good of the game.  Points aren’t only precious in the Premier League – they are precious in every league, and at every level that decision is really, really important to the club.”

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