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Scudamore: Hawk-Eye will improve the Premier League

The chief executive believes the 'goal decision system' will be hugely beneficial following its trial at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is confident that the introduction of Hawk-Eye will benefit the top-flight.

The technology has been trialled at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, after having been worked on since 2006, and will be in use in the top-flight this season.

Scudamore believes the so-called 'goal decision system' will be a huge boost to the English top flight as it will provide "100 per cent accuracy" on disputed goal line calls.

Scudamore told reporters: "The most important thing in football is a goal - was it scored or wasn't it.

"That is what the whole object of the game is and therefore it's important because we've now got the technology and got the resources that work, that we've been able to introduce it.

"I'm absolutely confident of its accuracy, 100 per cent. It's quick, which again is very important. That decision needs to be an instant decision. It will be less than a second.

"Ours is a goal decision system, there's no review," he continued. "Nobody is going to be taking a look, no other official is going to be taking a look. It literally is the technology, the cameras will tell you, nobody else, so there is no room for inaccuracy.

"It will be factually over or it won't be over, and that will be the end of the debate."

Dr Paul Hawkins, the inventor of the technology and managing director of Hawk-Eye Innovations, explained their past experience in other sports will help ensure a smooth introduction. 

"We are diligent, and we understand the importance of it going well and so we are always thinking of anything that could go wrong rather than just resting on our laurels," he said. "We obviously have a great track record in cricket and tennis and gaelic sports, for delivering accurate and reliable technology. We will now deliver that into football.

"As soon as the ball has gone over the line, within one second he (the referee) has a wrist watch on and that vibrates and comes up with a signal telling him that the ball has gone over the line."

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