Guardiola, Loew welcome goal-line technology in Germany

•Guardiola, Bayern Munich boss

•Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich boss

•Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich boss
•Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich boss

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola and Germany’s Joachim Loew have both welcomed the decision to introduce goal-line technology into the Bundesliga for next season.

The 18 clubs in Germany’s top-flight on Thursday voted to use the Hawk-Eye system, which notifies the referee if the ball has crossed the goal-line, for the 2015/16 season.

“If I find any technical change or innovation good, then it’s goal-line technology,” said Loew, who coached Germany to their fourth World Cup title in Brazil in July.

“Everything else I don’t really like, as the game should be left the way it is, but that’s not the case with goal-line technology.

“There have been many refereeing decisions which have led to lots of discussions, so if you can get a quick and clear decision on a goal, then that’s good.”

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Bundesliga clubs had originally voted to reject goal-line technology last season, but a fresh proposal from champions Bayern Munich led to a 15-3 vote from Germany’s top 18 clubs to adopt the system.

“It’s a good decision, I agree with it,” said Guardiola on Friday in a Bayern press conference.

“It only takes a second to decide a goal, we want to make sure the decisions are correct and this will help the referees.”

Goal-line technology was used at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and has been introduced into England’s Premier League since 2013/14, but has not been adopted elsewhere.

“I believe that this is a step forward for German football,” said Reinhard Rauball, president of the German Football League (DFL).

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