Innocuous enough, after all FIFA had to pick someone and better to do it sooner than later.
What was interesting to me was these quotes:
Well ok ... I can see this in a way. After all GoalRef and Cairos both used modified goals and ball, and planting electronics in goal posts in a less than friendly ambient environment may cause issues. I personally thought they were lousy (technical) solutions anyway in my previous post on GLT.
What really caught my eye was this quote:
"The respective bids were also judged on cost and project management factors such as staffing and time schedules for installation."
Even still it costs $260000 per stadia and nearly $4000 per match to operate the (14) cameras (source). Hardly cheap, but a drop in the bucket for the FIFA bankroll.
This was a bit of a shocker actually as Hawkeye is a well established, well respected company, and GoalControl is just a year old.
I'm sure there was no animosity toward the UK (where Hawkeye is headquartered) after all the grief they have given FIFA of late.
Have no fear, Hawkeye has a safe future in the Premireship as they have been in talks for months.
Now GoalControl did release a statement, in part one I was not really fond of. It stated:
To which I and other referees in the community have said, thanks but no thanks. This is coming from FIFA for reasons other than to help referees. While it is a secondary effect, I don't think anyone genuinely believes that was the ultimate goal.
It rarely is from FIFA.