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Goal-line technology ‘too expensive’ for Michel Platini

Mar 28, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

Soccer Uefa Goal Line TechnologyUEFA has called on FIFA's law-making panel to delay a decision on approving goal line technology AP

Michel Platini, man. Michel Platini. From Reuters:

“If we are going to use this goal-line technology in the Champions League and Europe League, then we would have to set it up in every single stadium where matches are played. 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. 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. Honestly, 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.”

Now look, I have no idea about the finances of this, although it does seem absurd that the plan would be to install and then remove the technology. (Why not just leave it in place and split the costs?) But dude, let’s not pretend that your five-man referee system works, okay? Don’t insult our intelligence. If you don’t want to install goal-line tech because of the cost or because you hate progress or because whatever, just say that: “I’m Platini, and I’m in charge.” It’s your right. You da boss.

Don’t tell us “practically no mistakes have been made and the referees see practically everything that happens on the pitch.” You know what sees everything? Goal-line tech cameras.

  1. scottp11 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Crazy. More like investing to put more money in his own pockets! Once every 40 years? I’d say there’s at least 1 debatable ball every weekend in every league, no?

    Exactly, don’t make silly excuses for it. Just shows out of touch with reality he actually is.

  2. ricecloudnine - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I have a great no (or low cost) solution. Let’s just use the current TV video feeds that clearly showed all the goal (or non-goal) calls that were missed over the last few years (2010 WC England v Germany, 2012 Euro Ukraine v England, 2011 FA Cup Chelsea-Tottenham, 2010 Crystal Palace-Bristol City, 2012 Bolton v QPR, etc.) to make the correct call. It will save the 54 million Euro cost and I will gladly take just 10% of that as a development fee. That has to be cheaper than creating a ball with a sensor inside or mounting numerous additional cameras around the stadium.

  3. scoocha - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Yup, simple solution for goal-line technology is instant replay and manager challenges. I t would probably lengthen the game by 2 minutes tops.
    Platini’s real angle is if we can determine whether a goal was actually scored then it makes it much tougher to fix matches going forward.

  4. joeyt360 - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I don’t know if he’s right about the cost, but he is right that you’re talking about a problem that comes up about once every 100 or so games. If his cost figure is close, you can see where that’s a big tab for that kind of problem.

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