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England Ref Chief Supports Goal-Line Technology
ESPN Soccernet, August 21st, 2007 4PM



Keith Hackett, chief of England's Professional Game Match Officials association, says that the latest round of English Premier League games illustrates the need for goal-line technology. At Craven Cottage this weekend, Fulham was denied a late equalizer against Middlesbrough that replays clearly proved went over the line. Assistant referee Ian Gosling was suspended from officiating one match as a result of missing the decision.

The Premier League, meanwhile, is testing a new goal-line technology developed by a company called Hawkeye. "It is still in its testing stage but we hope when it is judged to be fail-safe then it will be used," Hackett said. "Everyone in [soccer] recognizes that goal-line systems can provide help for the referee to make his decision." Gosling's missed call was not the only controversial decision in a weekend marred by poor officiating. Rob Styles was suspended for one month by the PGMO for awarding Chelsea a penalty when replays showed that Steve Finnan and Florent Malouda had each gone in for a fifty-fifty challenge and missed the ball. In a statement on Monday, Styles said: "Yesterday, in mistakenly awarding a penalty, I accept that I may have affected the result of the match and for that I apologize."

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