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British inventor Arthur Dunlop's goalposts light up if a player scores

It's a gadget which could settle countless "did it cross the line?" rows among football fans.

A British inventor has come up with the technology to show whether a ball has gone into the goal or not - by getting the goalposts to FLASH.

Footie-mad Arthur Dunlop came up with the idea after years watching his favourite team, Celtic, denied "goals".

"I've lost count of the number of times I have screamed at a referee or linesman when I think the ball has crossed the line," he said.

"I was walking the dog after watching a game on the TV where a goal should have been given and I thought there must be an answer to the problem.

"That's when the idea came to me of getting the posts to light up if the ball goes in. It's so simple, but it works."

There have been calls for goal-line technology ever since Geoff Hurst's goal in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley - when his shot bounced down off the crossbar on to the line and was ruled to have crossed it by the Russian linesman, much to the disgust of the Germans.

Just last week Reading scored a controversial "goal" against Watford in the Championship when the linesman flagged for a goal even though the ball had gone wide of the post.

Arthur believes his invention - an electromagnetic field across the goalmouth which is activated when crossed by a football with a magnetic strip - could solve such problems.

And his idea is all the more remarkable because he has no background as an inventor.

He got in touch with science firm Innovate and, after much testing, the invention has now been patented.

And it could be rolled out across football after Celtic agreed to start testing the technology in training games.

Father-of-one Arthur, who has spent 10,000 on his invention, says: "If there's one thing which really angers football fans it is having a goal disallowed. The flashing goal posts provide an answer."

How it works

1 A transmitter on the left goalpost emits an electromagnetic field half a ball behind the goal-line between the posts

2 When a ball with a magnetic strip passes over the goal-line, it goes through the field and activates sensors on the posts

3 Provided the whole ball has crossed the goal-line, sensors then transmit a signal to the posts recording the ball as "in"

4 There is then no doubt that the ball has crossed the goalline... and flashing posts tell the referee a goal's been scored



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