Wednesday 24 May 2017

Goal-line technology will be used at Euro 2016

Frank Lampard had a clear goal ruled out in 2010
Frank Lampard had a clear goal ruled out in 2010

Goal-line technology will be used at Euro 2016 this summer and in the Champions League from next season after UEFA's executive committee gave the green light to introducing the system.

Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini had been a long-time opponent of technology, but he allowed UEFA officials to review its use for Euro 2016 in his native France before his eight-year ban was imposed by FIFA's ethics committee.

The success of goal-line technology in the Premier League and World Cup proved crucial, especially after high-profile incidents in major competitions. Ukraine were denied a goal against England at Euro 2012, while two years earlier Frank Lampard was denied a World Cup goal for England against Germany.

UEFA will maintain its system of having an extra official behind each goal as well as the technology.

UEFA's referees chief Pierluigi Collina said: "This is not a decision we have taken quickly. We have been looking at it for the last year and a half. We are convinced implementing goal-line technology will be a further step in better control of the match.

"We are happy with the additional assistant referees even if we know that from the outside their contribution is not always appreciated."

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