Wembley test for Hawkeye when England host Belgium


Goal-line technology is to be tested at England’s friendly against Belgium at Wembley on June 2nd.

The Hawkeye system will be installed at England’s national stadium for the match, which will be Roy Hodgson’s first home game in charge of England.

If there are any close calls, however, only the scientists monitoring the system will know the results – the referee will not be informed.

If the tests are successful, the go-ahead for technology is expected to be given on July 2nd.

A disallowed goal by England’s Frank Lampard against Germany at the 2010 World Cup pushed Fifa to re-examine the issue, two years after the sport’s rule makers decided not to pursue the technology.

The most famous goal-line controversy in history was during extra-time in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley with the scores level at 2-2 when Geoff Hurst turned and fired in a shot, which hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced down toward the line.

With referee Gottfried Dienst uncertain, linesman Tofik Bahramov signalled a goal.