Clough wants goal-line technology across EFL

An image of the ball appearing to be over the line before Aden Flint's effort was saved
Aden Flint’s shot for Mansfield appeared to be over the line in their loss at Walsall

Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough says the riches in English football should be used to introduce goal-line technology in League One and Two.

Clough felt Aden Flint was denied a goal in Mansfield’s loss at Walsall, with appeals that the ball had crossed the line being waved away by officials.

A draw would have sent Mansfield top of League Two.

“We don’t have the technology they have at the higher levels, unfortunately,” Clough told BBC Radio Nottingham.

“At 0-0, these are crucial.

“I’d have thought with the money in football they could provide watches for the officials, so when the ball goes over the line everyone knows.”

Only the Premier League and Championship use goal-line technology throughout the season in England. It is made available to League One and League Two during the the play-offs.

Clough says rolling out the technology across the entire English Football League is something that should be considered during ongoing discussions about the distribution of money from the Premier League.

EFL chairman Rick Parry has previously said he wants a 25% share of pooled broadcast revenue with the Premier League, merit-based payments across all four divisions, and the abolition of parachute payments to teams relegated from the top flight.

In December, the Premier League agreed a new record £6.7bn domestic television deal for Sky and TNT to show up to 270 live games a season.

“This is the sort of thing everyone is fighting for because the Premier League want to keep 85% of the TV money instead of 75-25%, which would mean we could then get that sort of thing introduced,” Clough said.

Defeat at Walsall came just days after the Stags’ club record-equalling 9-2 win over Harrogate, and Clough felt his side were even more threatening in defeat.

But numerous opportunities were squandered by a side that remains a point off the summit with 14 matches remaining.

“I’d argue that we created better chances in the first half than we did on Tuesday night,” Clough said.

“The only thing we didn’t do is take one of them. I counted six very, very good chances and when you don’t take them you leave yourself open.”


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