Goal-line technology ruled out by SFA

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SCOTTISH Football will be left trailing behind other countries in goal-line technology after the SFA confirmed there are no plans to invest in such systems next season.

The English Football Association plans to have the monitoring systems installed at about 20 grounds for use in next season’s FA Cup competition – but progress will be slower in Scotland.

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said yesterday that he would like to install the technology at Hampden Park, the national stadium, but cost is likely to rule 
the option out in the short term. Costs are estimated 
at £100,000 for each ground.

Introduction of the technology – aimed at reducing mistakes by match officials – was agreed yesterday at the AGM of the International Football Association Board in Edinburgh. Goal-line technology can now be introduced at the discretion of competition organisers.

“There are two aspects to this,” Regan said afterwards. “The first one is cost and it’s fair to say that any new technology entering the market will be at a premium and, over a period of time, we anticipate the cost of goal-line technology to come down.

“If the technology is affordable, then certainly the Scottish FA will be looking at introducing it into Hampden Park. But at the moment, there are no plans to introduce it next season.”