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SPFL say that goal-line technology is still unaffordable

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The Scottish Professional Football League has no plans to introduce goal-line technology, saying that the cost is still too much. 

Officials failed to spot a goal for Oli Shaw in Wednesday's Edinburgh derby.

Shaw's Hibs boss Neil Lennon said the incident "makes a mockery of the game", while former referee Charlie Richmond believes the technology should be used for televised games in Scotland.

"Goal-line technology remains unaffordable," said a league spokesman. "It would cost millions to install at all Scottish Premiership grounds."

Television replays showed the ball was several inches over the line after Hibs striker Shaw's close-range effort struck the underside of the crossbar at Tynecastle.

The match ended 0-0, with Lennon telling BBC Scotland: "We should have come away from here with three points - it's clearly a goal."

The SPFL spokesman added: "Goal-line technology has been a proven aid to referee decision-making where it has been installed around the world and is a very good example of technology enhancing the game.

"In common with most other leagues outside the most wealthy in Europe however, goal-line technology remains unaffordable for the SPFL."

The English Premier League uses a goal-line technology system, while the top leagues in Italy, France and Germany use similar review methods to help match officials.

JC

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