Goal-line technology has saved Premier League officials from having to make a lot of controversial decisions this season, but it has also broken the hearts of a few players with its ice cold accuracy. Fulham midfielder Lewis Holtby is the latest to learn that the Premier League's Hawk-Eye system does not play around with the rule that the entire ball must be over the line for a goal to be counted.
After Aston Villa scored in the 70th minute to equalize against Fulham, Holtby appeared to restore his side's lead just before Matt Lowton could make a brilliant goal-line clearance, but Hawk-Eye disagreed. The graphic below shows just how close it was...
GOAL DECISION SYSTEM This is how close Fulham's Lewis Holtby came to scoring - before Matt Lowton's clearance... pic.twitter.com/aRHHkjkdwj
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 5, 2014
It's difficult to say whether the human eyes of a match official would have gotten that call right, but thankfully they no longer have to.
Holtby later set up Hugo Rodallega for a last-minute winner, so Fulham still got their 2-1 win. Still, it's probably safe to say that Holtby hates goal-line technology more than the kid who reminds teachers when they forget to assign homework.
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