No more GLT in France
Paris: The French football league (LFP) has said it has suspended the use of goal-line technology (GLT) due to a series of errors. The decision covers all competitions under its jurisdiction, including the top-flight Ligue 1 and League Cup.
According to an LFP statement, GoalControl was issued a warning last month over errors made earlier in the season and the move to suspend it came after two more incidents were noted in Wednesday’s French League Cup matches.
“... the GLT experienced two serious malfunctions in the Amiens-PSG match... and a second incident in Angers-Montpellier where the GLT wrongly caused the referee’s watch to vibrate,” ESPN quoted LFP director general Didier Quillot as saying. “These two irregularities are unacceptable, especially as they occur just after we put GoalControl on notice.”
Unlike the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which is being tried this season in the Bundesliga and Serie A and has been used for the first time in England in Cup games in recent weeks, and involves an extra official watching replays, GLT is supposed to respond automatically when the ball crosses the goal-line between the posts.