GLT GETS AN EARLY RUN-OUT IN SEMIS

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Tom Black­ett

THE EFL have con­firmed that Goal-line Tech­nol­ogy (GLT) is to be used at this sea­son’s Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship play-off semi-fi­nals, af­ter pro­pos­als for its use next sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship were con­firmed at an EGM ear­lier this month.

Orig­i­nally sched­uled for rat­i­fi­ca­tion at June’s AGM, pro­pos­als were brought for­ward to pro­vide suf­fi­cient time to in­stall the re­quired tech­ni­cal in­fra­struc­ture, ahead of the start of the next league cam­paign. GLT has been op­er­a­tional at Premier League grounds since the 2013/14 sea­son as well as in se­lected League Cup ties and at all play-off fi­nals held at Wem­b­ley.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of Goal-line Tech­nol­ogy is a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward for Cham­pi­onship clubs and re­flects the im­por­tance of the out­come of ev­ery sin­gle game in the di­vi­sion,” said EFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Shaun Har­vey.

“We are ex­tremely aware of the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions fac­ing match of­fi­cials and this will help them to make the right calls on goal-line in­ci­dents, even in the tight­est of sit­u­a­tions.

“Goal-line Tech­nol­ogy has proven to be pop­u­lar and ef­fec­tive in the Premier League as well as other main­stream sports. I am sure it will also be a wel­come and use­ful ad­di­tion to our broad­cast cov­er­age.”

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