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 By PA Sport

English Football League to use goal-line technology in every playoff match

Goal-line technology will be used in the forthcoming playoffs, the English Football League has announced.

The Hawkeye technology will be used in all games in the Championship, League One and League Two end-of-season showpieces, having been deployed in the regular Championship campaign which has just ended.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: "We are extremely aware of the difficult decisions facing match officials on any given match day, and we welcome the impact GLT is having to help PGMOL [Professional Game Match Officials Limited] officials to make the right calls, even in the tightest of situations.''

The technology has been a successful addition to the Championship this term and the EFL were keen to introduce it across the playoffs.

Harvey added: "Goal-line technology has been a welcome and significant addition to the Championship throughout the 2017-18 season, playing an important role in the outcome of the campaign.

"It is therefore appropriate that the technology is incorporated into all playoff matches across all three divisions of the EFL given the magnitude of the outcome of every single game at this time of the season.''

PGMOL managing director Mike Riley said: "This is a huge step forward for the EFL.

"Anything that can help match officials get to the correct decision has to be welcomed and we are pleased to see goal-line technology introduced for these crucial playoff matches.''

Fulham play Derby and Aston Villa are against Middlesbrough in the Championship semi-finals, Shrewsbury against Charlton and Rotherham versus Scunthorpe make up the League One games while Notts County play Coventry and Exeter take on Lincoln in League Two.

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