SPFL reveal hawk-eye technology to be used in Betfred Cup semi-finals for first time

The Betfred Cup semi-finals will have goal-line technology will see the system used in an SPFL competition for the first time.

Goal-line technology will be used in an SPFL competition for the first time in the Betfred Cup semi-finals. Picture: SNS

The Hawk-Eye technology will be in operation across both semi-finals with Hibs and St Johnstone meeting on Saturday and Livingston facing St Mirren on Sunday.

It was used in the Scottish Cup where it helped determine Stephen Kingsley’s goal had crossed the line in the December final between Hearts and Celtic.

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A number of football competitions around the world use goal-line technology on a weekly basis, alerting the referee within a second of the ball crossing the line.

it uses multiple cameras to ensure every angle is covered and removing any doubt from the most important decision in the game.

SPFL chief executive, Neil Doncaster said: “The introduction of goal-line technology to an SPFL competition for the first time is an exciting development. This is a system that has been proven to function quickly and effectively time and again. Indeed, we saw first-hand exactly how well it works when it was used in the Scottish Cup final in December.

“This is a positive step for the competition and we look forward to seeing the new system in action at the weekend and again at the final in February.”

Hibs prepared for the clash with St Johnstone by getting back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock. Saints meanwhile defeated St Mirren 1-0.

Livingston earned a more than deserved point at Celtic, drawing 0-0. They will be back in action against the Parkhead side on Wednesday at the Tony Macaroni Stadium.

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