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Two camera-based systems "have emerged as the clear favourites to be awarded the contract to provide goal-line technology to the Premier League," according to Richard Conway of the BBC. Hawk-Eye, the British-developed system, and GoalControl, a German firm appointed by FIFA to supply goal-line technology to the Confederations Cup and the 2014 Brazil World Cup, "are the leading contenders to win the Premier League contract." It is felt the two systems "can provide broadcasters with accurate graphical imagery of goal-line incidents." The 20 Premier League chairmen "will gather in central London on Thursday and are understood to be highly likely to give the go-ahead" to goal-line technology, so it "can be installed in time for the start of next season" (BBC, 4/10).
Scottish First Division Ross County Chair Roy MacGregor "will decide on Friday whether or not his vote will torpedo" the Scottish Premier League's plans for league reconstruction, according to Hugh Keevins of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Dundee United Chair Stephen Thompson "pleaded for common sense to prevail" when the vote on the 12-12-18 proposal is taken at Hampden Monday. Ross County Manager Derek Adams has already branded the plans “ridiculous,” but MacGregor "was more diplomatic." MacGregor said, “A lot of things are right about the proposal and a lot of things are wrong. I have to take the views of our supporters and manager back to the board and we’ll make a final decision on Friday" (DAILY RECORD, 4/10). In Edinburgh, Alan Pattullo reported Thompson "has made a last-ditch appeal" for clubs to set aside self-interest and vote through league reconstruction next week. Thompson was "speaking on the day his club announced season ticket prices ahead of next season." Thompson: "If I was thinking solely about Dundee United I wouldn’t vote for this. But it’s not just about us and the SPL. This package is the right way forward for everyone" (SCOTSMAN, 4/10).