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Monday 19 August 2013

Goal Decision System makes successful bow

Incidents at Chelsea and Arsenal prove successful debut for GDS in Barclays Premier League

  • Hawk-Eye's GDS was called into action at Stamford Bridge on Sunday

  • This lateral view shows the ball only to have partially gone over the goal-line

  • Although Ivanovic's header came very close to beating McGregor...

  • ... the video replays showed the whole of the ball had not crossed the line

It did not take long for the Goal Decision System [GDS] to make its Barclays Premier League bow with Chelsea's opening encounter against Hull City proving the clearest example of the successful implementation of the new technology.

GDS, the camera-based goal-line technology system provided by Hawk-Eye, was introduced for the first time in the Barclays Premier League this weekend and on Sunday proved effective in assisting the match officials to make a correct decision at Stamford Bridge.

In added time at the end of the first half Branislav Ivanovic met Frank Lampard's corner with a powerful header which visiting goalkeeper Allan McGregor saved on the goal-line at the second attempt.

The referee's watch only buzzes when the ball crosses the goal-line, and as Jonathan Moss and his team of match officials felt no vibrations, no goal was awarded.

Using a dedicated high-speed camera capable of removing the players from the image to ensure the ball is fully visible, Hawk Eye's subsequent video replay of the incident, which was broadcast on the big screen at the ground and on television within 10 seconds of its taking place, showed that the whole of the ball had not crossed the goal-line.

There were no protests from the Chelsea players and their manager Jose Mourinho, fourth official Andre Marriner and Hull manager Steve Bruce shared a laugh about the matter at the end of the half.

GDS also came into play at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday when a shot by Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph beat Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny only to strike the inside of the right-hand post and roll across the line.

Replays on the big screens in the stadium and on television again showed that referee Anthony Taylor had no cause to award a goal.

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Key Points

  • Goal Decision System makes successful debut
  • GDS comes into play as Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic correctly not awarded goal against Hull on Sunday
  • GDS also correct in non-award of goal to Fabian Delph of Aston Villa at Arsenal on Saturday
Tags: Referees