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DFL votes for English goal line technology

The Bundesliga will be implementing goal line technology starting next season, but the decision to use the UK-based Hawk-Eye system has left a German competitor "bitterly disappointed".

DFL votes for English goal line technology
GoalControl technology. Photo: DPA

At the members' summit in Frankfurt on Thursday, 15 of 18 teams voted to introduce the technology, selecting the Hawk Eye system as their choice. 

"I believe this is a step forward for German football league," said league president Reinhard Rauball. 

Joachim Löw, who coached Germany to their World Cup win in Brazil this summer, approved. 

"If I find any technical change or innovation good, then it's goal-line technology," said Löw.

"Everything else I don't really like, as the game should be left the way it is, but that's not the case with goal-line technology.

"There have been many refereeing decisions which have led to lots of discussions, so if you can get a quick and clear decision on a goal, thenthat's good."

The first round of voting on goal-line technology happened in March, where 24 of the 36 member teams voted against implementing it, mainly due to financial reasons. However, Thursday's vote only involved the premier-league teams.

Bayern Munich brought the proposal forward and before voting, a survey showed nine teams were for it. Some were still undecided.

Photo: DPA

With the vote, the DFL also announced they would be using the Hawk-Eye system, which is already used in the English Premier League. 

However, the CEO of the Aachen-based company GoalControl was taken by surprise of the DFL'S choice. 

"We are shocked and bitterly disappointed," said Dirk Broichhausen told the Express newspaper. 

Stadiums in Brazil were outfitted with the Goal Control system for the World Cup this past summer. 

"Strange that Fifa trusts us, our system was used at the World Cup, but in the land of the world champions, an English system is being installed," Briochhausen criticized. 

Andreas Rettig, business chief of the DFL, implied the decision came down to cost. The Hawk-Eye system is quoted at €8,000 per game, costing teams around €135,000 per season. GoalControl quoted prices between €250,000 and €500,000 per season. 

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British football teams allowed to skip Germany’s quarantine for Euro 2020

Germany's government announced on Tuesday it will allow England, Scotland and Wales to enter the country without quarantine to play at Euro 2020 despite a recent rise in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Britain.

British football teams allowed to skip Germany's quarantine for Euro 2020
One of the venues for Euro 2020 is in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.

If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.

“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.

“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.

The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.

Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country. 

READ ALSO: Germany makes UK ‘virus variant area of concern’: How does it affect you?

This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.

The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.

A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories. 

There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

READ ALSO: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules after travel

Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.

Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.

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