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Goal-line system is inevitable in the English Premier League: Fifa

Published on Dec 6, 2012 10:12 AM
A Fifa official displays new goal-line technology, developed by GoalRef, for the press in Yokohama on Dec 5, 2012 ahead the Club World Cup football tournament beginning on Dec 6. The wrist watch displays "goal" and vibrates whenever the ball enters the goal. Referees can reject the use of goal-line technology or even overrule it in the Club World Cup, which starts this week in Japan, a senior Fifa official. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke says he expects goal-line technology to be used in the English Premier League "sooner or later", as football's world body prepares to trial two systems in Japan.

Hawk-Eye and GoalRef will feature at the eight-game Club World Cup, which starts on Thursday and features continental champions - including Chelsea and Brazil's Corinthians - battling to be crowned the best team on the planet.

Speaking ahead of the opening match in Yokohama, Valcke said the high financial stakes involved in England's top flight meant goal-line technology would ultimately be introduced into one of the world's most profitable leagues.

He said it was costing Fifa US$1 million (S$1.22 million) to run the two systems in Japan, adding that high installation costs would mean the technology was out of reach for smaller leagues initially but over time would become more affordable.

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