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EFL decide to bring in goal-line technology for Championship matches

18:31 16 February 2017

Goal-line technology will be used by referees in the Championship next season. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire.

Goal-line technology will be used by referees in the Championship next season. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire.

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Goal-line technology will be back in use at Carrow Road next season, even if Norwich City do not achieve promotion back to the Premier League.

The Canaries installed the necessary cameras and equipment for the goal-line system ahead of the 2013/14 season when they were still a top flight-club.

That system is not currently used at Carrow Road but English Football League clubs have today agreed in principle to use goal-line technology in the Championship next season.

With relegation looking almost impossible for Alex Neil’s team, it means any contentious goal-line decisions should be avoided in City games from the 2017/18 season.

The proposal was made at an EFL meeting 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 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.”

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