Arseblog News can reveal that Arsenal will install Hawk-Eye tomorrow at the Emirates before testing the goal-line technology ahead of the Premier League curtain raiser against Aston Villa on 17 August.
Back in April the Premier League confirmed that all clubs in the country’s top flight would be using the ‘Sliver‘ style equipment after FIFA certified the system following extensive examination.
Used to great effect in both tennis and cricket, Hawk-Eye is already familiar to most sports fans. Using the principles of triangulation, the system functions by analysing both visual images and timing data to chart the trajectory of a moving ball.
Adapting their Orwellian equipment for football, Hawk-Eye believe that positioning six cameras around the goal, each programmed to recognise the ball as the ‘object of interest’ as opposed to the goalkeeper or other players, ensures that goals are recognised instantly with the referee notified on his watch inside 0.5 seconds. Unfortunately the current version doesn’t fire red-hot laser beams at diving c**ts but it’s something for the inventors to think about…
It remains to be seen whether crowds at football stadia will be treated to a big screen virtual replay of thee ball crossing the line like they do at Lords or Wimbledon although if Arsenal maintain their policy of refusing to replay controversial incidents it seems unlikely at the Emirates.
Replays will be made available to TV companies who’ll no doubt still hire moronic ex-pros to find a way to disagree with the decision.
Hawk-Eye will set Arsenal back approximately £250,000 to install and will initially be in operation for five years.
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