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Uefa: Goal-line technology at Euro ’16 not done deal

Pele and Harbhajan Singh, in Rio de Janeiro . (PTI)

Rio de Janeiro: Uefa is still considering using goal-line technology at Euro 2016 in France and its introduction is not the “done deal” as Fifa president Sepp Blatter claimed it was, according to a Uefa statement on Saturday.

Blatter, in an interview to the official Fifa website, said UEFA president Michel Platini had told him Goal-line Technology (GLT) will be introduced for the European Championship.

However, Platini has never publicly confirmed that it will be used and UEFA responded to a request for clarification by saying, “The president has said on the record that UEFA will look at introducing GLT at Euro 2016.

“However, it is not a case of snapping his fingers and making it happen. It will be discussed at the referees committee and then has to be approved by the executive committee.”

The last time Platini spoke publicly about goal-line technology was in an end-of-season interview when he told the Uefa website: “So far we have decided not to use goal-line technology in our club competitions. That is because it would cost millions. We would rather use that money in grassroots projects.

“For Euro 2016, there is a chance we could use the technology, but always together with our additional assistant referees.”

He confirmed then that the matter would be discussed by the referees committee with the Uefa executive committee taking the final decision.

“We have been very happy with the deployment of additional assistant referees and believe it is the best way to minimise mistakes made in the key areas of the game.”