The Premier League plans to use goalline technology to settle disputes over whether balls have crossed the line from the 2008-09 season.
England’s top 20 clubs are expected to have their system of goalline sensors, a version of the HawkEye technology already used in tennis and cricket, in place by then at a cost per club of Â£50,000 a season for five years.
Mike Foster, the Premier League secretary, said clubs and the FA were keen to press ahead with what would be a significant first in world football. The International Football Association Board recently approved its introduction.
Although the technology is currently being used at Fulham’s Craven Cottage in private trials, Reading are likely to be the Premiership club selected to run a season-long experiment with the sensors at reserve games next season at the Madejski Stadium. [Mof Gimmers via]