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05th Jan 2016

Sky Sports give THAT 1966 Geoff Hurst goal the Monday Night Football treatment

One of football's oldest debates has been settled

Simon Lloyd

It’s one of the most controversial moments in a World Cup history.

Did Geoff Hurst’s extra-time goal in the 1966 World Cup Final cross the line? Nearly half a century on, it seems we finally have an answer.

With no Premier League fixtures on Monday, Sky Sports opted to give the 1966 final the Monday Night Football treatment.

Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Ed Chamberlain used statistical data from Opta, the SkyPad touchscreen and EA Sports virtual reality to help unpick the game’s key moments.

Thankfully for any Englishmen out there, Sky proved that the ball did cross the line when running the rule over Hurst’s second goal of the game.

“There has been so much talk about whether the ball crossed the line,” Carragher said. “Our technology was able to prove once and for all, that it did cross the line when Sir Geoff Hurst fired in the goal, via the crossbar, that gave England a decisive 3-2 lead in extra time.

“The Germans can’t complain any more.”

So that settles it then, right? Right?