Goal line technology is coming to football. But it isn't coming to all levels of football. In the wake of Hibs being robbed of a win in the Edinburgh derby over the weekend, the SPL spoke about how it couldn't afford the technology required.
Last night we had our own example in the League of Ireland in the Dundalk v Shelbourne first round tie in the EA Sports Cip in Oriel Park. This Dundalk goal was not given, despite the ball clearly being behind the line following Kurtis Byrne's attempt. Technically we should use "goal" in inverted commas, but we wanted to highlight how bad a decision it was by leaving it without the commas.
Thankfully for referee Paul Tuite, Dundalk won the 1-0 thanks to a Kurtis Byrne goal that was awarded. You can be sure that a bigger deal would've been made if this decision denied Dundalk a place in the next round of the EA Sports Cup. If the SPL with mega-bucks clubs like Celtic can't afford it, there's no way goal-line technology is being introduced to Irish football. Will it soon be a requirement for clubs to play in European competitions?
pic from DundalkFC.com