Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Hibernian's anger at goal error in Hearts draw

Hibernian's captain James McPake (third left) talks with referee Euan Norris (left) after the draw with Heart of Midlothian in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Easter Road, Edinburgh
Hibernian's captain James McPake (third left) talks with referee Euan Norris (left) after the draw with Heart of Midlothian in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Easter Road, Edinburgh

Hearts claimed a point at Edinburgh rivals Hibernian in controversial circumstances yesterday when the home side had a perfectly good goal disallowed at Easter Road. A Leigh Griffiths free-kick in the second half was well over the line but the goal was not given by the match officials.

 

The International Football Association Board – the body that approved the use of goal-line technology in the game last year – met in Edinburgh only last weekend to discuss how the various licensed systems might be implemented.

The Scottish game's authorities are yet to confirm whether the technology will be introduced in the Scottish Premier League or other competitions from next season, but Hibernian certainly felt they were denied an extra two points here.

After the game the Hibs manager, Pat Fenlon, called for the introduction of goal-line technology, saying: "When you look at the possibility of what it has maybe cost clubs, you've got to weigh that up and see where the balance is. I think that's something [goal-line technology] that has to come in."

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