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Goal-line technology could be introduced for the 2012-13 Premier League season, according to chief executive Richard Scudamore.

• Platini feels technology is not needed
• Blatter asks for patience
• FIFA unveils goal-line tech testing

The issue of goal-line technology has long-been debated, in particular after television replays at last year's World Cup showed England midfielder Frank Lampard's strike against Germany had crossed the line.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, previously an opponent of technology in football, came under pressure in the wake of the incident, and, in recent months, tests have been ongoing over resolving the issue.

Writing in the Premier League's new review of the season, which will be distributed to MPs and peers on Wednesday, Scudamore said: "The whole point of the game is about scoring goals. Players strain every sinew to either create or deny them, fans shout themselves hoarse exhorting their teams to score them, managers' and players' careers can be defined by them.

"The technology is available, it is the fairness that is important and the Premier League would introduce it tomorrow if it could. Now FIFA is constructively engaged we are hopeful the 2012-13 season is a realistic aim.''

Scudamore also questioned the Football Association and insisted English football is not in a state of disrepair, despite criticism of the country's failings on the international stage amid concerns over the production line of talent.

He said: "Some would have it that football in England is somehow broken, irreparably damaged and in need of saving. That is an analysis of the game to which I cannot subscribe.

"Clearly, and by its own admission, the FA needs to address some structural issues that are no secret, as well as create a focus that means they can improve in their key areas of responsibility - the national teams, coach development and grassroots investment.

"However, the Premier League is a crucial part of the association of interests that engage and we have a duty to constructively engage with and support the processes already under way aimed at creating an organisation that can represent the best of English football at every level."


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