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SBD Global/July 4, 2013/International Football

FA Still Searching For Goal-Line Technology Provider For London's Wembley Stadium

The FA is "yet to strike a deal with a goal-line technology provider" for London's Wembley Stadium, according to Richard Conway of the BBC. The FA "expected a system to be in place for the Community Shield" on Aug. 11, but is "still in negotiations." It has joined with the Premier League to "negotiate a deal in order to achieve better value for money." British-based Hawkeye won a five-year contract in April to supply all 20 of the Premier League clubs.  League champions ManU take on FA Cup holders Wigan in the game next month. An FA spokesperson said: "The current position remains that the FA are completing negotiations in relation to installing and using goal-line technology in the stadium" (BBC, 7/2). The DPA reported referees "have full confidence in football's goal-line technology," which will be used at the 2014 World Cup. None of the 68 goals scored at the Confederations Cup needed the technology, "which was being used for the first time at an international tournament." However, leading match official Howard Webb told reporters in Rio de Janeiro on Monday the "reassurance the system gives us is a big benefit," and referees had full confidence in the technology provided by German company GoalControl (DPA, 7/3).
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