Goal-line tech debate

Wenger supports goal-line technology

July 26, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has added his voice to calls to bring goal-line technology in to the Premier League, but FIFA has blocked them from trialling it at the Emirates Cup this weekend.

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Wenger wanted to experiment with the technology in the friendly games against Boca Juniors and New York Red Bulls but FIFA, despite being "constructively engaged" in the debate, has stood firm over the trials.

"You need permission to use it and we didn't get it,'' Wenger said. ''I think they do not want to start to have a different set of rules here and there and I understand that. The good news is they are open to it and it looks like in the next World Cup we will have it.

"You want it so you have a better chance to make the right decisions. You know it could be a help for the referees. The more help they get, the more decisions they get right. I would like to use it for more than the goal-line but it's a first step."

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is a known supporter of the technology and has said that he hopes it will be allowed for the 2012-13 season.

He said: "The technology is there. We should be able to use it."