FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Bundesliga clubs have rejected a proposal to introduce goal-line technology and the project has been shelved indefinitely.
A meeting between the 36 clubs in the first and second divisions on Monday failed to provide a two-thirds majority needed to implement the technology, with many citing the high cost of installing a system as the reason for turning down the proposal.
''The costs are so exorbitant that it's not bearable,'' said Joerg Schmaedtke, managing director of second-division Cologne.
A goal-line system would have cost each club about (euro) 500,000 ($688,700) for three years. Bayern Munich and some other top clubs were in favor of the technology but could not convince the others.
''We regret the outcome,'' Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. ''We are going to continue to have to live with wrong decisions. Those who voted against should stop lamenting then.''
Hamburger SV managing director Oliver Kreuzer presented a different view.
''We debate over one, two or three decisions in a season. Sometimes you are on the right end of things, sometimes not. It evens out. On the other side, you have extreme costs. It doesn't pay off.''