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Goalline Technology To Be Used In The 2017-18 EFL Championship Season

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A long time coming?

West Ham United v Swansea City - Premier League Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

The EFL announced yesterday that goalline technology would be introduced in the Championship from the start of the next season, following a meeting with all the second tier clubs.

Subject to further discussions, the decision will now be presented at the EFL AGM in June in order for the regulations to be amended to cover the provision of the new technology.

Hawk-eye technology, which has been used in the Premier League since 2013-14, is set to be installed at all grounds to make the lives of referees and their assistants slightly easier. The system notifies the man in the middle if the ball has crossed the goalline via a vibration and optical signal sent to the officials' watches within one second.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said:

“I welcome the decision of our clubs to introduce goal-line technology into the EFL.

“PGMOL (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.”

Of course if Reading were to earn promotion to the Premier League then the technology would be put in place at the Madejski Stadium anyway, avoiding any Frank Lampard v Germany-type incidents in Berkshire.