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Platini favors extra officials over video technology

  • AP, Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:17 PM

UEFA president Michel Platini says video technology is not required to help referees, arguing that using five officials should be enough to spot a penalty, handball or whether the ball crosses the line. He says the five-official system -- first used during last season’s Europa League and also to be used during this season's Champions League -- will prove him right.

“For me, refereeing with five (officials) is a very, very good solution, and I will always defend it and with a lot of rigor as I believe it is the only solution,” Platini said. “In terms of technology, I’m very measured because I go on the basis that if you have an additional referee he can see it just as well as technology.

“Eyes have always functioned and have always worked, so I am more in favor of testing the experience of whether the referee there has seen whether the ball went in or not. Let’s wait and see how the (five officials) works before seeing whether goal-line technology is important.”

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