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Apr 12, 2013

England duo back goal-line technology

England midfielders Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have backed the Premier League's introduction of goal-line technology, insisting it will help relieve referees of some pressure.

• Premier League introduce Hawk-eye

Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany at the 2010 World Cup - which was adjudged not to have crossed the line despite replays clearly showing it had gone in - was the catalyst for FIFA to fast track the use of greater technology.

Hawkeye was announced as the goal-line system that will be introduced to the Premier League from next season, with television audiences and everyone in the stadium able to watch replays while officials determine if a ball crossed the line.

Lampard believes it is a step in the right direction for football and eliminates a key point of controversy.

"It's a no brainer. It's been a bit of time coming, but they got there in the end," he said. "It's a very good thing for football. I think it's a simple thing. I think it will bring an excitement factor on the times that it is used and it will just give you the correct answer, which I think at this level, when it's so important, we need that."

Lampard's national team-mate Gerrard echoed his assertions, claiming improvements in technology means incorrect decisions are no longer acceptable.

"I'm all for it. Football has become so important that these big decisions have to be right," Gerrard said. "Referees need the help. It's impossible to get every single decision right. Goal-line technology will eliminate mistakes being made in the game."

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said the ability to make the replays available had been the decisive factor in choosing Hawkeye.

"The fact it was a camera-based system was critical." Scudamore said. "Replays will be made available to all our host broadcasters and we are examining the feasibility of them being used on in-stadium big-screens. It is essential that fans see the system in action to know that it is working."

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