KEIR RADNEDGE in DONETSK: UEFA president Michel Platini had insisted, despite all the criticism and doubt, in bringing half of the Euro 2012 finals to Ukraine.
His ‘reward’ was to see his pet preference for goal-line assistants instead of goal-line technology betrayed in the 61st minute of Ukraine’s last group match against England.
Ukraine, needing to win to reach the quarter-finals, were 1-0 down when Marko Devic shot for goal. Keeper Joe Hart got his body in the way but the ball looped on, falling under the crossbar into goal.
John Terry threw himself at it and hooked the ball back into play, being watched intently by the goal-line assistant. TV replays showed the ball was entirely over the goal-line but Hungarian referee Victor Kassai waved play on.
Ukraine should have had the goal; it would have brought them level and within sight of a turn-around victory.
On July 5 the International Football Association Board will meet in Zurich to review the recent ‘final’ trials of two goal-line technology systems.
Goal-line technology should be approved; Platini’s goal-line assistants should sent right back to their drawing board . . . and left there.
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