Football League Considers Use Of Goal-Line Technology For Capital One Cup
The Football League "will consider whether to introduce goalline technology in the latter rounds of the Capital One Cup, the tournament it oversees, and maintains it has no ideological opposition to its use in the league programme," according to David Hytner of the London GUARDIAN. The problem, however, for the Football League "is the huge cost of installing and maintaining the technology." A host of special cameras "would have to be set up at each ground, focused on the goals." League Championship Wigan Athletic Manager Owen Coyle said, "Obviously, there are huge financial implications; that will always be the difficulty. We know the huge wealth of the Premier League clubs but it will always be difficult further down the leagues" (GUARDIAN, 10/29). In London, Ben Rumsby reported "there are no such financial barriers for Premier League teams which stage League Cup ties, although technology has yet to be turned on in this season’s competition because the Football League uses Mitre balls, not the Nike ones for which Hawk-Eye is currently calibrated." The Football League confirmed "it was in talks with Mitre, the Premier League and Hawk-Eye about getting the technology up and running before the end of this season's League Cup," the fourth round of which begins this week, with the quarterfinals played in mid-December (TELEGRAPH, 10/29).