Goal-line technology debate

Platini: Goal-line tech too expensive

March 29, 2013
By ESPN staff

UEFA president Michel Platini claims that goal-line technology is too expensive for the Champions League and that the extra two officials used in the competition are working well.

Michel Platini, Christian Ude
PA PhotosMichel Platini believes humans are more important than machines

Platini, 57, recently clashed with FIFA president Sepp Blatter over Euro 2020 and has also been a vocal opponent to any advancement in goal-line technology over the years.

FIFA has run successful trials of various systems - with a fourth given a licence earlier this month - and is set to use goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Wihle FIFA recently claimed that it could be installed for as little as £100,000, Platini said he would rather the money was spent on improving youth football and that having two officials at either end to complement the referee and two assistants in both the Champions League and Europa League had been a success.

"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," he said.

"It would cost around €54 million (£46m) over five years for this technology, so it's quite expensive for the sort of mistake which happens once every 40 years.

"In the Champions League, I'm very happy with the results (of a five-man team). Practically no mistakes have been made and the referees see practically everything that happens on the pitch."