Bundesliga approves goal-line technology

A majority of 15 clubs in the German top flight voted in favour of the use of hawk-eye from the start of the 2015-16 season

The Bundesliga has approved the use of goal-line technology, starting in the 2015-16 season.

The issue of technology has become all the more prevalent in Germany over the couse of the last year, following Stefan Kiessling’s controversial “phantom goal” in the win over Hoffenheim (below) and the DFB-Pokal final in May when Mats Hummels’ header appeared to cross the line before Bayern Munich went on to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0.

However, at a meeting of clubs in Frankfurt, 15 of the division’s 18 clubs have voted in favour of using the hawk-eye system in top-flight matches from the start of next season.

Bayern spearheaded the initiative in the wake of the Pokal final, with club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stressing its importance for the credibility of football.

“In the future we must protect football and the referees in particular,” he said in May.

“The way match officials, who do not have access to replays and slow motion footage, let alone mathematical calculations, are subjected to public abuse is unacceptable. This can and should be prevented in the future.”

The 2. Bundesliga rejected the introduction of GLT back in March.

The system was first introduced in the 2012 Fifa Club World Cup, with the Premier League adopting in for the start of the 2013-14 season.

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