PLATINI STANDS IN WAY OF GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY
By: Mncedisi Goge
FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, blames UEFA president, Michel Platini, for standing in the way of Goal-Line Technology (GLT) which has been in discussion since the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa.
“No, the difference of opinion isn’t with UEFA, it’s with Platini- only Platini. The federations, referees, players… everyone wants Goal-Line Technology. If Platini doesn’t want it, that’s down to him personally. But that will change,” said Blatter.
Blatters’ views of introducing GLT to the sport was triggered by Frank Lampards’ disallowed goal during the last World Cup, which would’ve seen England draw level terms with Germany. Blatter admits to having nightmares after that incident which saw England failing to advance to the next round.
“Yes, that day I saw things clearly,” continued Blatter. “The ball was a long way over the line.I had a difficult night after that incident. I was overwhelmed. And I said to myself ‘If we find an infallible system, one that avoids at least 99 percent of all ghost goals, then we’ll accept it.’ Now we have various valid systems at our disposal,” he adds.
If everything goes according to Blatter’s plan, GLT could be introduced in this year’s Confederations Cup and in next year’s FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil.
“I can confirm that there will be goal-line technology – either Hawk-Eye or an alternative system – at the Confederations Cup,” concludes Blatter.