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Manager to miss historic final

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Eastleigh manager, Ian Baird will not lead his team out for Wednesday's Hampshire Senior Cup Final against AFC Toton. The former Hong Kong manager is going to the Hong Kong Sevens which Eastleigh usually enter and Assistant Manager Shaun Wilkinson will lead the side out at St Mary’s Stadium.

The game will go down in history as the first ever organised match where goal line technology was in place. The media interest will be enormous for what would otherwise be a low key match.

Following the game The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is expected go ahead with goal-line technology at a meeting in Kiev scheduled for July following the European Championships.

IFAB is currently assessing two different systems bidding to be approved as authorised suppliers of goal-line technology, one Hampshire based Hawk-Eye and the other from German-Danish firm GoalRef.

Both companys’ systems are undergoing rigorous testing ahead of the IFAB meeting, and given Hawk Eye is based nearby using the Hampshire Senior Cup final at St Marys was an obvious choice.

However any 'decisions' will not be given to the ref but analysed afterwards.

Hawk-Eye's managing director, Steve Carter is hopeful that his company's product will be the one chosen if Fifa decide to introduce the technology to football matches.

He told Sky Sports: "Every stadium is different. Anything from three weeks to a couple of months. It's all stadium specific.
"We aren't thinking that far ahead at the moment. Anything is possible.

"I suppose a good sporting analogy would be that we are in the semi-finals of the competition at the moment and we just want to concentrate on winning our semi."

The Football Association's head of senior referee development, Neale Barry, insists that the technology could be implemented as early as next season.

He said: "If it's licenced there is no reason - assuming the Football Association decide to implement it - that they can't install it in time for the next domestic season."

 JB

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