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Goal-line technology coming to Madejski Stadium

17 February 2017

Hawk-eye to be installed for Championship clubs

One way or another, goal-line technology will be coming to Madejski Stadium next season to reduce the risk of wrong decisions when it comes to awarding goals.

The Premier League began using the system in the 2013/14 campaign – and we’d love to be using that system in the top tier!

But either way, EFL clubs have agreed in principle to introduce goal-line technology into the Sky Bet Championship from the 2017/18 season.

The roll-out of the system will leave no grey areas when it comes to ruling whether a goal should count – we’ve experienced that at the start of last season when Aaron Tshibola’s strike at Birmingham City was incorrectly deemed not to have crossed the line…

… and this season, it would have cleared up the debate between Liam Kelly and Liam Moore as to who grabbed that goal in Blackburn!

Whose goal was it - Liam Kelly or Liam Moore?

The decision was made by Championship clubs at a meeting on Thursday, and subject to further discussions, will now be presented at the EFL AGM in June in order for the regulations to be amended to cover the provision of the new technology.

The decision could see the latest ‘Hawk-eye’ technology installed at all Championship clubs in order to assist referees and their assistants in making crucial decisions whereby there is doubt as to whether the ball has cross the line for a goal or not. Similar technology is also already utilised in the latter stages of the EFL Cup and the Sky Bet EFL Play-Offs.

Shaun Harvey, CEO of the EFL, said: “I welcome the decision of our clubs to introduce goal-line technology into the EFL.

“PGMOL officials do an incredible job and this decision is about providing our match officials with as much support as possible to ensure they are best placed to make the right calls in even the most difficult of situations.

“The technology is widely adopted elsewhere in football, including in two of our competitions and I therefore welcome it as an important addition to the Sky Bet Championship from next season.”

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