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Mar 28, 2013

UEFA chief blasts goal-line technology

UEFA president Michele Platini on Thursday spoke out against the use of goal-line technology for Champions League and Europa League matches, citing high costs and said the alternative five-man referee system for Champions League has been essentially mistake-free.

"If we are going to use this goal-line technology in the Champions League and Europe League, then we would have to set it up in every single stadium where matches are played," he said after a UEFA executive committee meeting.

"If we wanted to use goal-line technology, we would have to install it in 280 stadiums and then remove it again for domestic matches," he said.

"It would cost around 54 million euros ($69.26 million) over five years for this technology, so it's quite expensive for the sort of mistake which happens once every 40 years.

"Honestly, I prefer to put more money into youth football and infrastructure than spend it on technology when there's a goal in a blue moon that hasn't been seen by a referee."

FIFA will use goal-line technology in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Football's law-making organization approved the use of goal-line technology last July to help referees make decisions in cases where it was not clear whether or not the ball entered the goal.

UEFA developed an alternative system featuring an extra linesman on each goal-line, which was also approved last year and used in Italy's Serie A and the Brazilian championship.

"In the Champions League, I'm very happy with the results. Practically no mistakes have been made and the referees see practically everything that happens on the pitch," said Platini.

"At the very least, they see everything although there is also the question of how they interpret what they see."

Information from Efe News Agency was used in this report.

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