Football goal-line technology used for the first time in the World Cup has been put through its paces by a Heanor firm.
Labosport, based on the Heanor Gate Industrial Estate, has been involved in extensive testing of the technology, including sending staff to each of the World Cup statiums in Brazil ahead of the tournament to check it would work without a hitch.
Footballing circles have been calling for the technology, similar that used in tennis, for years.
And the hi-tech system was called into action during the France and Honduras game when it showed a French goal had crept across the line off the Honduras goalkeeper.
Each stadium is equipped with 14 high-speed cameras and the referee wears a special watch that transmits a visual and audio message within half a second of the incident.
Labosport’s managing director Colin Young said: “It was really satisfying to see something we’d worked hard testing come into use.
“The tech is used in the Premier League and over time we would like to see the goal-tech used in other major leagues.”
Council leader Paul Jones said: “It’s nice to know that Heanor is making a contribution to England’s chances in the World Cup and ensuring that every goal counts.”