Monday 19 August 2013
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.