UEFA President Michel Platini To Consider Introduction Of Goal-Line Tech At Euro 2016
UEFA President Michel Platini "has completed his conversion from goal-line technology opponent to advocate after agreeing to push for it to be used at the European Championship," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. Platini, who said as recently as '12 that "you will never convince me on technology," now wants it introduced at Euro 2016 in his native France. Platini has been gradually moving toward accepting goal-line technology and it is understood that "he is ready to argue in favour of it" when UEFA makes a final decision on its introduction. Platini made up his mind "before France became the first side in World Cup history to benefit from such a system, which helped the referee award their second goal in their 3-0 win over Honduras." Platini's official spokesperson, Pedro Pinto, described him as "pleased with that decision on Monday." Pinto said, "The president was glad to see it worked." Platini remains opposed to goal-line technology in the Champions League and Europa League, which UEFA estimates would cost £40M ($68M) to install. Platini said last week, "It would cost many millions of euros, and we would rather use that money in grassroots projects" (TELEGRAPH, 6/16).