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Goal-line technology will be used in UEFA competitions, starting with Euro 2016

Photo credit: AFP.

Photo credit: AFP.

UEFA has approved the use of goal-line technology in its competitions, starting with the Euro 2016 tournament in France, the acting head of European soccer Gianni Infantino said Friday.

“We looked at it seriously … and finally we decided to start with Euro (2016) and then move on to the Champions League,” Infantino told journalists following a UEFA executive meeting.

“Now we are going to look at how to implement it,” he added.

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The technology is already used in the English Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, the German Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in France. World governing body FIFA also brought it in for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after a series of successful trials.

Suspended UEFA boss Michel Platini had said he was open to goal-line technology if Europe’s referee’s felt it could enhance accurate officiating. And the European federation’s chief referee Pierluigi Collina earlier this week said that the European tournament, which runs from June 10 to July 10, would provide “a good opportunity” for the use of the technology.

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  1. rkujay

    January 24, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Seeking employment:

    Wand holder. Little or no experience. Absolutely will not influence a match with input or influence on anything which happens 1-3 feet in front of my nose. Can be counted on to collect my check and not add to any match in any discernible way. Can also keep unicorns and snipes off the pitch during matches.

    Seriously. Now put a chip in the ball and an induction loop coil (the thing in the pavement which causes the traffic signal to operate when your car goes over it). It has been proven that the ref’s assistant cannot see the ball cross the line at the near post, let alone the far and beyond. Use the same wrist watch used for goals. DUH !!

    • rkujay

      January 24, 2016 at 8:13 am

      I should have mentioned…the induction loop coil would be installed on the bye line…the entire bye line…to legislate balls crossing out of bounds. Sorry. I get a little agitated when there is tech which works and does not slow down a match. Remind me. When was the last time we had a serious argument in a EPL match over the question of a goal line question?

  2. VicBklyn

    January 23, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    FIFA should be passed this and advancing Deadball reviews. We see reviews before the ref even communicates with his other officials. No more excuses. No interrupting the flow of the game, just video reviews when the ball is dead. Give a central video review team 30 seconds to a minute or play stands. Refs decisions average over 2 minutes anyway. That will cut it in half.

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