KEIR RADNEDGE in ZURICH: Fans, officials and media should not expect to see a sudden explosion of goal-line technology all over the world game.
Firstly, at between $150,000 and $250,000 per club the current costs of installation are prohibitive for all but the wealthiest leagues. Administrative and commercial time demands also mean that those league likely to invest – England, Germany, Italy and Spain – will not be able to do so until the 2013-14 season.
Demands of equability mean that goal-line technology must be used across a competition in its entirety or not at all. Thus – even if UEFA’s Luddite president Michel Platini were to drop his opposition to technology – it could not be introduced in the Champions League and/or Europa League because only a small minority of the clubs will have a system installed.
Finals tournaments are a different matter. The FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December is likely to the first occasion on which GLT will be in operation – followed by the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and then certainly the World Cup finals back there in 2014.
One of the stipulations of IFAB was that the referee should receive a confirmatory signal to a wrist-fitted device within one second. Thus the decision is virtually instantaneous and there is no noticeable halt to the game (beyond that essential for the restart of play).
This is not video, even though Hawkeye is a camera-based system. So there will be no tennis or rugby or cricket-style replay for fans and/or media to watch on a giant screen.
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