Platini reiterates opposition

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Uefa president Michel Platini has reiterated his opposition to goal-line technology in the game.

Uefa boss does not want goal-line technology in the game

Uefa president Michel Platini has re-iterated his opposition to goal-line technology in the game. Fifa reopened the goal-line technology discussion following the 2010 World Cup in which Frank Lampard's 'goal' against Germany was not given. But Platini is adamant such technology is not needed, believing football is a human game and that is why it is so popular. He told the Sunday Times: "Why should we? (introduce such technology). So we can eliminate doubt whether a ball has crossed the line? But I eliminate doubt with the use of additional referees in the Champions League and the Europa League. "The day we have goal-line technology, five minutes after you will ask for offside technology. "We will have that for ten years and then you will ask for penalty area technology. "I don't want this in the game. Football is human, football is organised by people and we have the most popular game in the world because it is human. "If we need technology, we need it more for offside than for goal-line. Ten times in a game there may be a dispute about offside, one time every 40 years there is a need for goal-line technology. "Never once in my career was a goal given when the ball was not over the line, or not given when it was, and you want to put technology in all of the stadia of the world for this? I don't understand."


Platini believes administrators need to protect the game, although he concedes Uefa got their pricing wrong for the Champions League final at Wembley, where the cheapest ticket was £150 plus an administration charge. He added: "For a long time, we were trying to develop football, make it bigger. Now we have to protect the game because it has become too big. "The difficulty with being this big is that people want to make more and more money from football and to do this they want to change the laws, change the calendar." As regards the ticket pricing for the Champions League final, where Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1, he added: "I understand that we made a mistake because we missed a category everybody can afford. "They presented it (the ticket prices) to me and perhaps I didn't look closely enough. The cheapest were too expensive. We can not be a money grabbing machine, we have to be a football body. "We also know (before the game) that our £300 tickets are now selling for £10,000 and £12,000. "The police arrest a guy selling black market tickets, he has 50 tickets in his possession and he receives a £1,000 fine. I am not a policeman."

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