Platini says no to 'expensive' goal-line technology for Champions League matches
Platini, who is a long-time opponent of goal-line technology, reckoned the alternative five-man referee system used in the Champions League had been virtually mistake-free, Sport24 reports.
Platini said if they are going to use this goal-line technology in the Champions League and Europe League, then they would have to set it up in every single stadium where matches are played, adding if they we wanted to use goal-line technology they would have to install it in 280 stadiums and then remove it again for domestic matches.
Platini added it would cost around 54 million euros over five years for this technology, so it's quite expensive for the sort of mistake which happens once every 40 years, adding he would 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.
Football's law-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), approved the use of technology last July to help referees make the right decision in cases where it was not clear whether the ball had entered the goal or not.
FIFA has already said it will use goal-line technology in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the paper reported. (ANI)