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Clubs to use goal-line technology in the Championship

English Football League clubs have agreed in principle to use goal-line technology in the Championship next season.

Championship clubs will use goal-line technology from next season. Credit: PA

The proposal was made at an EFL meeting of Championship clubs today and will be voted on at the league's Annual General Meeting in June.

The decision is likely to see the introduction of the same 'Hawk-eye technology that has been so successful in the Premier League since its approval in 2013.

Officially known as the Goal Decision System, it uses high-speed cameras to track the trajectory of the ball from different angles. The system is already used in the latter states of the EFL Cup and play-offs.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said:

I welcome the decision of our clubs to introduce goal-line technology into the EFL.

(Professional Game Match Officials Limited) officials do an incredible job and this decision is about providing our match officials with as much support as possible to ensure they are best placed to make the right calls in even the most difficult of situations.

The technology is widely adopted elsewhere in football, including in two of our competitions and I therefore welcome it as an important addition to the Sky Bet Championship from next season.

– EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey


Newcastle manager unconcerned by Shelvey absence

Rafael Benitez is confident Newcastle can cope without banned midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

Shelvey will be suspended for five matches. Credit: PA

The 24-year-old, an influential figure in the Toon's rise to the top of the Championship, has been suspended for five matches following his unsavoury confrontation with Wolves midfielder Romain Saiss.

Shelvey decided not to appeal against the FA misconduct charge, which also saw him fined £100,000 and ordered to attend a mandatory education course.

The ban will start immediately, kicking off with the Boxing Day game against Sheffield Wednesday, but Magpies manager Benitez says he has players who can fill the void.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager said:

"We know that we will not have him for the next five games and that's it. How big a loss will it be? I will tell you after five matches - but we have enough options.

Obviously it will be different, we can not hide this, but still we have some good players and we can manage."

Shelvey considering whether to appeal FA fine and ban

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is considering his options after receiving the written reasons for his failed attempt to defend a Football Association misconduct charge.

Shelvey has been hit with a £100,000 fine and five match ban. Credit: PA

Press Association Sport understands the 24-year-old midfielder and the Magpies are now in possession of the relevant documents and they now have seven days in which to lodge an to appeal.

Shelvey was handed a five-game ban and a £100,000 fine on Tuesday for an aggravated breach of of rule E3(1) after being charged with "using abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent" which "included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality".

The charge related to an incident in the 87th minute of the Newcastle's 2-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat by Wolves at St James' Park on September 17 and is understood to have involved an exchange with the visitors' Moroccan midfielder Romain Saiss.

Should Shelvey and his advisers decide to appeal, he would be available for the Boxing Day clash with Sheffield Wednesday and thereafter until the case was heard, with the sanction having been set aside by the FA until the process is completed.

However, should he opt not to challenge the decision, the punishment would start immediately.

The FA too has a right of appeal if, after examining the written reasons, it feels the length of ban and/or the size of the fine are inappropriate.

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