Hawk-Eye offered to the Premier League ‘free of charge’
The managing director of Hawk-Eye Innovations has offered to install goal-line technology in every Premier League ground free of charge if his company were to be allowed to sell the sponsorship rights of the system.
“We would install it free of charge in every Premier League ground if we could have the rights to sell the sponsorship,” said Paul Hawkins, the man who invented the technology.
The cost of installation of the patented system would be between £100,000 and £125,000 per stadium.
“That just highlights that it is commercially viable and that the cost would not be an issue,” Hawkins told Press Association Sport.
“For example in tennis Rolex pays to the All England Club a lot more than the All England Club pay to us.”
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has previously dismissed the possibility of using goal-line technology in football, but in the wake of controversies at the World Cup he has promised to reconsider the feasibility of such a system.
Hawk-Eye is a computer system currently used in sports including cricket and tennis where the path of the ball is visually tracked to display a record of its most statistically likely path as a moving image.
“It’s 100 per cent accurate,” Hawkins insisted. “Hawk-Eye has been independently tested by the Premier League and the International FA Board, and shown to work in all instances tested.”