Scudamore hopeful on technology

Published May. 22, 2011 3:36 p.m. ET

Richard Scudamore is hopeful goal-line technology could be introduced into the professional game in time for the 2012-13 season.

The league have long argued in favour of the introduction of technology, calls which intensified after England's World Cup defeat to Germany last summer when a Frank Lampard shot which crossed the line was not given as a goal.

FIFA have long argued against the introduction of technology, arguing that the game should be the same at all levels from park football to the World Cup, but Premier League chief executive Scudamore is hopeful that attitudes are changing and that technology could at least be trialled the season after next.

Scudamore told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "We'd like it now, and the good news is FIFA are now prepared to listen.

"It's gone on far too long, it's an embarrassment to us as football administrators. We feel the technology is there, we should be able to use it and it's just a question of how we can persuade FIFA it can be done.

"I would like to have it the season after next - next season is too early but certainly the season after next, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't."

Next season may have a different feel to it in one respect, with the league due to consult with the other major domestic football authorities this summer to launch initiatives designed to deter players from surrounding referees or waving imaginary cards in the 2011-12 campaign.


Scudamore continued: "Since the FA's 'Respect' campaign started, incidents of surrounding the referees have reduced, incidents of trying to get opponents booked or sent off have reduced, but there are still incidents that take place.

"We said at the end of March that we would take the summer to look at it and launch a set of initiatives to reduce those incidents.

"By the time we get to August there will be some new initiatives."

He also hopes to avoid a repeat of the situation this season which saw Barclays Premier League games played - and the title clinched by Manchester United - on the same day as the FA Cup final.

"We'll look at the calendar next season," he said.

"We know it's on the same weekend, whether we can organise it so that there's nothing on the same day... we'll absolutely try.

"The FA having committed to the Champions League (final), we knew this season would be difficult because of the post-World Cup start, but we'll try to do something about it for next season."