The Premier League have confirmed the use of goal-line video technology from next season thanks to technology provider Hawkeye, and here are the three most controversial decisions the game has seen involving whether the ball has crossed the line or not.
It should be noted, that whilst Geoff Hurst’s famous strike in the 1966 World Cup Final is arguably the most notable in history, these are all examples from the last decade.
Liverpool v Chelsea: 2005
In the second and decisive leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final against Chelsea at Anfield, Rafa Benitez’s side’s winning goal came from Spain midfield player Luis Garcia.
However, there was a huge amount of doubt as to whether the ball had actually crossed the line at the Kop end before being hooked clear by William Gallas.
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: 2005
Earlier that season there was yet more controversy, this time in a Premier League fixture at Old Trafford, as the visitors’ Portugal midfield player Pedro Mendes lobbed backtracking Red Devils shot-stopper Roy Carroll from his own half, only for the clear goal to be ruled out.
England v Germany: 2010
Fabio Capello’s side were denied an equaliser just before the break after Chelsea midfield player Frank Lampard saw his long-range shot hit the underside of the crossbar, before dropping well behind the goal-line, only to be somehow disallowed.