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Dec 5, 2013

Germany to consider goal-line tech

The German Football League (DFL) is to make a fundamental decision on the introduction of goal-line technology in March 2014.

Stefan Kiessling
Kiessling's 'ghost goal' caused much controversy in Germany.

Platini hints at U-turn

The DFL has so far resisted to introduce any systems to aid officials in ruling whether the ball has crossed the line or not, but announced at Thursday's general meeting that the matter would be seriously considered over the winter.

In the light of recent events in the Bundesliga, the DFL announced that the 36 clubs of the Germany's top two divisions are to contemplate the new technology, already used in the Premier League and FIFA tournaments.

Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling scored a controversial "ghost" goal in his team’s 2-1 win at Hoffenheim earlier this season, which sparked a new discussion about whether to use goal-line technology or not.

Should the top 36 German clubs agree on the introduction of the new technology, it could be introduced as early as the 2014-15 Bundesliga season, according to DFL executive Andreas Rettig.

DFL president Dr. Reinhard Rauball announced that the clubs will be provided with the pros and cons of the technology, according to the Associated Press.

The DFL will have four licensed systems and two currently unlicensed systems to choose from, meaning they could install a system other than Hawk-Eye, which is used in the Premier League, or GoalControl, which was tested at the 2013 Confederations Cup and will also be used at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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