UK firm's technology puts an eye on goal-line clearances

UK firm’s technology puts an eye on goal-line clearances
Roy Rubenstein Complex electronic technology could end the goal-line controversies which have littered soccer history, such as England’s third goal scored by Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup. A Bolton firm – Intelligent Sports Technology (IST) – has developed a system involving eight miniature cameras, a computer and a radio link to the referee which could decide once and for all whether a goal is a goal. The system places eight miniature cameras inside the goal and they relay pictures to a computer which cross references them to produce a definitive decision as to whether the ball has crossed the line. This decision is then relayed by radio to the referee through an earpiece and he then decides whether the goal stands or is disallowed because of an offence by one of the players. The move is being backed by Bolton MPs Ruth Kelly and David Crausby who held a presentation on the system in the House of Commons. Now former Labour Sports Spokesman and chairman of the Football Trust, Tom Pendry is to try and persuade the soccer authorities – including the Football Association and the Football League – to take up the device. IST’s bosses got the idea after the referee and linesmen disallowed a goal by Bolton Wanderer’s Gerry Taggart last year despite the fact that a picture in the Bolton Evening News (below right) showed it had crossed the line. The “goal-that-never-was” against Everton in the end kept the Merseyside club in the Premier League at the expense of Bolton, costing the Wanderers an estimated ?20m.

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