Goal-line technology will eliminate gross injustices, insists Hodgson

The England boss believes the decision to incorporate Hawk-Eye technology from next season will help bring about an improvement in the game
The adoption of goal-line technology will eliminate the "gross injustices" of goals incorrectly being ruled out in high-profile matches, according to England boss Roy Hodgson.

Thursday saw Hawk-Eye awarded a five-year contract to provide the system for the Premier League from the start of the 2013-14 season, in a deal worth around £10 million.

This decision followed the appointment of GoalControl GmbH by Fifa as the official provider of goal-line technology for the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

And Hodgson believes the use of these new systems will help bring about a momentous improvement in the game.

"I can understand that there’s been reticence, but goal-line technology is a simpler technology to introduce, and one where there’s been less reason to doubt its usefulness," he told reporters.

"It's something people in football have wanted for a long time, and for a while it was pushed back, but it’s great to see everyone’s on the same page and it’s being introduced.

"I'm looking forward to that, and at least it will stop some of the gross injustices we’ve seen in recent years, where goals have been scored and not allowed.

"It's one of those momentous days that will go down alongside the change to the offside law and, not least, the back-pass to the goalkeeper rule, which many of us at the time were sceptical about, but now we've taken it to our hearts and it's appreciated, because it adds to the speed of the game."