It was hoped goal-line technology would already be in place around Premier League grounds, but its current role appears to be merely to allow Michel Platini to question the power of Sepp Blatter.
The UEFA and FIFA heads were once in alliance over their mutual antagonism towards the subject, but Blatter broke ranks following Frank Lampard’s ‘ghost’ goal at the 2010 World Cup Finals in the game against Germany, and has since campaigned for its introduction.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) which decides on changes to the laws, backed the introduction of goal-line technology in July but Platini has questioned how the decision was made.
What irks the Frenchman is that as FIFA president Blatter has four of the eight votes to use as he wants, with the four British associations having one vote each.
Last week Platini insisted he would have been more accepting of IFAB’s decision to introduce the technology - not likely to be in place in the Premier League until the start of next season (2013/14) - if it had been a more democratic decision inside FIFA.
“When you talk about technology, FIFA didn’t decide on goal-line technology, the president did,” Platini said.
“No one in the executive committee was consulted, nor was anyone in any other FIFA committees invited to give their views. It was just the FIFA president along with IFAB. He’s in charge and it’s up to him.”
Platini has long voiced his concerns at the technology’s introduction, reiterating his preference for the five referees system, currently in operation in both the Champions and Europa Leagues.
But the limitations of the system were highlighted at the Euro 2012 Finals. A referee behind the goal failed to award Marko Devic’s shot for Ukraine against England as a goal when the ball looped inches over the line before being cleared by John Terry.
“UEFA will suggest additional assistant referees are the solution we want for the future,” said Platini, with the Premier League currently looking at UEFA data on the five referee system.
“The Italian league has already adopted the system this season and are rather happy with it already.
“Some associations will take longer than others, but the big European competitions will be using it, so we will give priority to referees from those national associations who are using the five-referee system so there is understanding among the team of five referees.
“It makes sense that we use officials from national associations who use it every week. That is not a threat, but we can still give ‘advice’.”
Platini also said he had no problem with the British maintaining their votes at IFAB despite calls for changes in some quarters.
“I respect the tradition and the fact that the four British associations for 125 years have always taken a traditional decision,” he added.
“I think the four votes for the British are okay, it’s the four votes for FIFA I don’t understand. The president has the four votes and he decides what he wants, he never speaks about the IFAB in the executive committee.
“The four votes of Blatter are not correct.
“Many people are against the four votes of the British, they say Wales and Northern Ireland are not very important, but I don’t agree
“If the executive committee or the Congress had decided on the technology I will accept more because it’s a democratic decision.
“Blatter never discussed it with the executive committee. He has four votes and he decides.”
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