Bundesliga to discuss goal-line technology
The Bundesliga will decide in March whether to introduce
goal-line technology in its top two divisions.
The Grman clubs will make a ”fundamental decision” after
taking into consideration how the technology works at the upcoming
Club World Cup in Morocco and the results of the systems used in
England and the Netherlands, Bundesliga president Reinhard Rauball
said on Thursday.
The Bundesliga has been slow to warm up to the technology
despite controversial calls and wrong decisions by referees nearly
every week. The league has resisted, saying the margin of error was
still too great. But many coaches gave been calling for the
technology to be adopted as soon as possible.
The most glaring example came on Oct. 18 in the match between
Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim, when Leverkusen striker Stefan
Kiessling’s header went in through the side netting and was ruled a
goal despite television replays leaving no doubt that it wasn’t
Rauball said Bundesliga management will provide the clubs with
the pros and cons of technology. If the 36 clubs decide to accept
it, they will choose from various providers of goal-line aids and
not necessarily pick the German company chosen by FIFA.
The technology, if accepted by the clubs, could be introduced as
early as next season. Previously, the earliest date mentioned had
Also, the league said two-thirds of participants in a poll were
against changing the international calendar. Such a change,
required if the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was moved into the northern
hemisphere’s winter months, would mean that league seasons would
begin and end in one calendar year.
The league said its poll included representatives from clubs,
the German Football Federation, media, sponsors, security experts