Photo: Goal-line technology
The head of UEFA, which presides over European soccer, has come out against implementing goal-line technology for European competitions, saying it would be cost-prohibitive and the money would be better spent on infrastructure and youth soccer.
“If we are going to use this goal-line technology in the Champions League and Europa League, then we would have to set it up in every single stadium where matches are played,” Michel Platini said at a press conference Thursday after a UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria.
“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,” the Frenchman 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,” he said.
As an alternative, Platini defended the five-person officiating crew - head referee, two line judges and two goal-line referees - used for Champions League matches and said that system has all but eliminated mistakes.
FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, has already announced plans to use GLT at the Confederations Cup event in June in Brazil and at the 2014 World Cup in the giant South American nation.