BERLIN: German company GoalControl has filed a complaint to Germany’s Federal Cartel Office over UEFA’s choice of rival Hawk-Eye for its goal-line technology system at Euro 2016.

In April the European football federation appointed Hawk-Eye as its official supplier for Euro 2016 in France ahead of likely wider use throughout its club competitions.

Hawk-Eye is a subsidiary of Japanese electronics giant Sony, a sponsor of the Champions League.

German firm GoalControl has complained to the Bundeskartellamt over the nature of the tender process for the contract, in which Hawk-Eye was one of four bidders.

FIFA licence

Hawk-Eye was the first company to obtain a world federation GLT licence and the technology was used by FIFA at its Women’s World Cup in Canada last year. Hawk-Eye is also in use in top-tier domestic club competitions the English Premier League, Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga.

iT will also be used in the 2016-17 Champions League, from the play-offs onwards, although UEFA is yet to make a decision as to whether it will proceed with a planned launch of GLT in the Europa League from the 2017-18 season.

GoalControl holds the GLT contract to Ligue 1, the top division of French football, while it was also used during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.