‘It’s Too Expensive’ – Impoverished UEFA Big-Wig Michel Platini Pooh-Poohs Goal-Line Technology For Champions League

Alan Duffy

29th, March 2013

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By Alan Duffy

Frankie Lamps’ infamous ‘goal that never was’ against Germany in the 2010 World Cup.

Never used ‘pooh-pooh’ in anything before. Feel proud of myself. And I got a ‘big-wig’ in there too!

Anyway, UEFA President Michel Platini has come out against the introduction of goal-line technology in the Champions League on the basis of its pretty hefty cost.

The former French international schemer said:

“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.”

“It would cost around 54 million euros (£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.”

Maybe if the powers-that-be cut down about on their junkets all around the world, they could use some of that cash for the technology? And surely £46m over five years isn’t that much for a multi-billion sport such as football? Maybe Michael Owen could sell a horse or something?

What do you guys think?

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  1. porcelain sandwich says:

    Once every 40 years?! I can’t believe these people are in charge. Why can’t we just have a coup and overthrow them?

  2. marajonna says:

    What’s the cost of two extra officials each and every champions league game over 5 years?

  3. Alex says:

    Those 50 mil is no more than a big summer signing for a big club! CR7 transfer fee is double that amount.
    They encourage lavish expenses but does not go for improving the quality of the game?!?

  4. SL says:

    The extra officials are probably paid £3k per game but FIFA pays out 20k per game, Im not sure where the rest of the money could go.

    I bet the 2 companies offering the technology refused to give out backhanders hence why FIFA is trying to harm their business.

  5. Ha! says:

    Just use the bloody TV replays. Why do they need hawkeye or whatever the hell it is?

  6. KingB3113 says:

    @Ha! The argument is that it will ruin the “flow of the game.” It’s apparently better to incorectly award/disallow a goal than to stop the game for 2 minutes because, you know, football is a game with no stoppages whatsoever.

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