A 1996 study at Oxford University concluded that Geoff Hurst's controversial goal during the 1966 World Cup Final should have been disallowed (Image: Oxford University)
Hawk-Eye goal-line technology will be trialled at an international friendly association football match between England and Belgium at Wembley Stadium on June 2 Photo: Komkrich Ratchusiri/Shutterstock)
The international football friendly (the association kind) between England and Belgium scheduled for June 2 may not be burning a hole in your diary, but it will be notable in at least one respect. The match, to be held at London's Wembley Stadium, will be the highest profile match to date to make use of so-called goal-line technology, designed to detect whether or not the ball has crossed the line (and therefore whether a goal should be given). The goals at Wembley have been fitted with a Hawk-Eye system similar to those now officially used to assist umpires in tennis and cricket. However, though the system will be up and running for the entire match, it will not be used to help adjudicate in the event of a difficult goal-line decision.
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