Goal-line technology approved

International football lawmakers have approved the use of goal-line technology. The historical decision means systems to detect whether a ball has crossed the line could be in place in the Premier League early next year.

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FA voted in favour of goal-line technology

Football Association (FA) chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne voted in favour of the motion.

Horne said: "It is a hugely important day. It is a cause we have had on our agenda for a number of years."

Hawk-Eye was tested at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium in May and a FIFA spokesman said today:

"We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to the Football Association for their willingness to support the live match tests, a critical part of Test Phase 2 for Goal-line technology."

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