5th December, 2014
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.”
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).