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Monday 18th January 2021

Betfred Cup

Goal-line technology for Betfred Cup

Hawk-Eye system to be used for the first time in an SPFL competition

This weekend’s Betfred Cup semi-final matches will see goal-line technology used for the first time in an SPFL competition. The Hawk-Eye system, which was installed at Hampden by the Scottish FA last year, will be available across both the weekend’s semi-finals as well as February’s final.

The tried and tested technology is programmed to alert the referee within a second of the ball crossing the line, using multiple cameras to ensure every angle is covered and removing any doubt from the most important decision in the game.

As well as football, the technology is now used in cricket, tennis and rugby union in addition to a range of other sports.

SPFL chief executive, Neil Doncaster said: “The introduction of goal-line technology to an SPFL competition for the first time is an exciting development. This is a system that has been proven to function quickly and effectively time and again. Indeed, we saw first-hand exactly how well it works when it was used in the Scottish Cup final in December.

“This is a positive step for the competition and we look forward to seeing the new system in action at the weekend and again at the final in February.”