VENICE: UEFA president Michel Platini has gone on record yet again with his opposition to the proposed introduction of goal-line technology and his continued preference for extra assistant referees at the side of the goals.
Platini was speaking after a UEFA executive committee meeting in Venice and contrary to the reluctant adherence to the concept from FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
He said: “We put extra human eyes to see if the ball has gone in. I like the five officials because it’s a human system. If you ask UEFA referees chief Pierluigi Collina, he will tell you that many good decisions have been taken that way. I understand that FIFA says it will cost too much but in any case it’s not video refereeing, it’s just on the goal-line.
“I’m not sure technology is important in such cases. If you consider the World Cup in 2010 and 1966, that’s two cases. All that technology – to use it twice in 40 years?”
Platini was referring to two matches between England and Germany in 1966 and 2010.
England won the World Cup final at Wembley 4-2 in 1966 but debate still rages over whether their third goal, scored by Geoff Hurst, crossed the line. Last year, Germany were the beneficiaries when a shot from Frank Lampard bounced down off the bar behind the goal-line and out again in their second round tie.
Platini added: “What worries me is that if we start to use technology for things that have little point, we will also move onto offside technology, because there are five offsides per match. The International Board will decide next year but I have the right to disagree and I don’t think it’s a good idea.”