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SBD Global/March 13, 2013/International Football

Scottish FA Says It Can't Afford To Implement Goal-Line Technology In Stadiums

The Scottish FA "plans to invest in training officials rather than expensive goal-line technology in a bid to minimise the type of error" that denied Hibernian a second derby victory over Hearts earlier this season, according to Gavin McCafferty of the SCOTSMAN. FIFA has had tenders from four companies to install systems for the Confederations Cup and World Cup in Brazil, while the FA and Premier League "are in talks over putting the technology into English top-flight clubs and Wembley." However, with the systems set to cost at least £100,000 ($150,000) for each stadium and FIFA still opposed to using TV evidence, Scottish football is "unlikely to follow suit." SFA head of referee operations John Fleming said the organization is in favor of goal-line technology. Fleming, “Firstly, as an association we are in favour of goal-line technology. However, as the general secretary of FIFA himself, Jerome Valcke, outlined in Edinburgh last week, the installation of each system will cost a six-figure sum on top of any maintenance costs. That would make it prohibitive, I would suggest, for the respective league bodies in Scotland, the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League, to consider rolling out any time soon (SCOTSMAN, 3/12). Fleming added, "In the meantime, we will continue to reinforce the training we give to referees (DAILY RECORD, 3/12).
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