Hawk-Eye inventor says it would be free and 100% accurate if used in Premier League

June 30, 2010

The inventor of the Haw-Eye system has claimed that it would be 100 per cent accurate and effectively free for Premier League clubs to use.

Paul Hawkins said that the spin-off from sponsorship would cover the US$180,000 to US$375,000 installation and running costs.

Hawkins said: “We would install it free of charge in every Premier League ground if we could have the rights to sell the sponsorship. That just highlights that it is commercially viable and that the cost would not be an issue.

“It is 100 per cent accurate. Hawk-Eye has been independently tested by the Premier League and the International FA Board, and shown to work in all instances tested.”

Yesterday, Sepp Blatter, the President of football’s governing body FIFA, said there would be another debate on goal-line technology after the World Cup following Frank Lampard’s shot that crossed the line not being given during England’s game against Germany.

Blatter rang the English FA to apologise for the decision and has now made a U-turn on the technology debate after having initially closed it back in March.

He said: “It is obvious that, after the experiences so far in this World Cup, it would be a nonsense to not reopen the file of technology at the business meeting of the International FA board in July.”