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UEFA chief says no to goal-line technology

posted 11 Dec 2012, 04:54 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 11 Dec 2012, 04:55 ]

UEFA chief Michel Platini rejects the use of goal-line technology in matches and welcomes the decision to hold Euro 2020 in various cities.

KUALA LUMPURMALAYSIA (DECEMBER 11, 2012) (REUTERS) - Goal-line technology is an unnecessary luxury and the money set aside for it should be invested elsewhere, UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) chief Michel Platini said on Tuesday (December 11).

Prompted into action by England midfielder's Frank Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany at the 2010 World Cup, the technology will be employed in the FIFA World Cup curtain raiser between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City as soccer's governing body finally answers calls for it to join the 21st century.

Hawk-eye, widely used in cricket and tennis, and GoalRef, which uses a microchip in the ball and low magnetic waves around the goal, will be used at venues in Toyota and Yokohama.

"To put the goal-line technology in the competition is 50 million euro ($64.78 million USD) in five years, I prefer to give 50 million euro in the grassroots, the development of the football than to put 50 million in the technology, for perhaps one or two goals per year," said Michel Platini, who was in Kuala Lumpur to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the AFC.

He is set to discuss the technology further with members of the FIFA executive committee at a meeting in Tokyo on Friday (December 14).

Platini has long been tipped to succeed Sepp Blatter as the head of the world governing body in 2015 when the Swiss said he would step down.

If the former Juventus playmaker does assume the role, technology could be in full flow in pitches across the world as FIFA presses on with implementation despite the extravagant cost.

Platini also welcomed UEFA executive committee's radical decision to stage Euro 2020 in numerous cities in the continent earlier this month.

"The Euro 2020 it was a decision, quite a unanimity, to bring the Euro to the fans, and not the fans go to the Euro in only one or two countries, so we bring the Euro to many countries. But for the moment, I said last time to the press, it's an idea, it's an idea. Now we have created a committee to think about what would be the best idea for what we have to do in the eight years for the European football and later to the legacy in Europe," said Platini.

The move to change the hosting rights was aimed at benefiting fans across the 53 member associations.