By: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG Editorial Director
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:28 pm
Last night’s missed goal during the Ukraine-England match may have caused heartache in the Ukraine but it also upset the Twitter Universe as Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, tweeted to the world that “GLT is no longer an alternative but a necessity.”
UEFA is using Euro 2012 to trial the five-official system that features a referee, two linesmen and two additional assistants beside the goal. It’s UEFA President Michel Platini’s preferred alternative to goal-line technology.
FIFA will decide on July 5 whether to approve the five-official system and either of the two goal-line technology systems currently being tested in England and Denmark.
Speaking at a media briefing in Warsaw on Monday, Platini said he expects goal-line technology to be approved at the IFAB meeting.
“Yes, Blatter will do it,” Platini said. “He will (introduce) the technology, but I think it’s a big mistake. … it’s the beginning of the technology, the arrival of the technology.”
Goal line technology has also been the subject of some recent tests by the International Football Association Board.
And as expected, the world of pundits is already responding. Simon Rice of The Independent sides with Platini that goal line technology is a slippery slope to replays for offsides, red cards, etc.