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Replay of Premier League’s First Genuine Goal-Line Technology Decision [VIDEO]

goal line technology chelsea Replay of Premier Leagues First Genuine Goal Line Technology Decision [VIDEO]

Premier League’s goal-line technology system was put to good use today with its first genuine decision that ruled that Branislav Ivanovic’s header for Chelsea against Hull City did not cross the line.

The Hawk-Eye goal-line technology correctly ruled that the whole of the ball did not cross the line. The referee was alerted on his wristwatch within a second that it was no goal, and the game quickly continued with little to no delay.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho initially thought the ball had crossed the line, but the fourth official pointed to his wrist-watch and, with a shake of the head, indicated to The Special One that it wasn’t a goal.

NBC Sports co-commentator Graeme Le Saux added context to the decision by remarking how the players for both sides didn’t surround the referee or try to claim that the ball did or didn’t cross the line.

By having the technology in place, it may even speed up the game by preventing players crowding the ref.

Hats off to the Premier League for deciding to implement the goal-line technology. In contrast, Major League Soccer had an opportunity to implement goal-line technology but said that they decided against it because it was too expensive.

While there were a few instances where the goal-line technology was employed yesterday, today was the first time when it was really put to a test in what would have been a controversial call in previous years without HawkEye in place.

Here’s the replay of the first genuine goal-line technology incident in the Premier League:

gds chelsea hull Replay of Premier Leagues First Genuine Goal Line Technology Decision [VIDEO]

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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2 Responses to Replay of Premier League’s First Genuine Goal-Line Technology Decision [VIDEO]

  1. Tony Butterworth says:

    I thought I read this was used twice on Saturday?

    • Christopher Harris says:

      The article mentions it was used before Sunday. But the ball in those cases was nowhere near the line.

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