Football: France league chief hails goal-line technology, but baulks at price

Jul 06, 2012

The president of the French professional football league (LFP) on Friday welcomed the decision to introduce goal-line technology (GLT), but baulked at its prohibitive cost.

"Good sense has finally prevailed," Frederic Thiriez told AFP a day after the International Association Board (IFAB) -- custodians of the game's laws, voted to introduce GLT.

The GLT will be used at the Club World Cup in Tokyo in December, the Confederation Cup in 2013 and also the World Cup in 2014.

It means footballing authorites around the world can introduce the technology into their competitions, using either the Hawk-Eye or GoalRef systems that have been undergoing tests.

"With the support of the French football federation, I've been proposing since 2005 the use of video on the goal-line. That was refused. Now it's the end of an archaic rule which I've been fighting for all these years.

"However, it's still not satisfying because the prohibitive cost of the technology envisaged by FIFA will prevent their use in most competitions."

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke estimated the cost of GLT at between $150-250,000 (121-201,000 euros) for each system, with that falling significantly over time.

Fans have called for years for the football world to embrace technology which would eliminate human error, citing its use in other sports including tennis and cricket.

But opponents to GLT included UEFA president Michel Platini, who said he preferred the system of five match officials, implemented for the first time at the Ukrainian championships and also agreed on by IFAB at Zurich on Thursday.

GoalRef utilises magnetic fields to determine whether a ball has crossed the line while the Hawk-Eye system is based on the use of cameras.

The two goal-line technology systems both made it through to the final stages of FIFA's testing process in March this year.

"The solution we proposed, that's to say the use of video footage by the referee like they do in rugby, would cost an awful lot less (than the GLT)," Thiriez said.

"It would also allow the referee to oversee other game situations, such as goals scored by a handball for example."

Explore further: Researchers jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Anger as FIFA rejects goal-line technology

Mar 07, 2010

The International Football Association Board has rejected the introduction of goal-line technology, sparking an angry reaction from some football managers.

Football lags other sports on technology

Jun 28, 2010

High profile sports like rugby, tennis, cricket and basketball have seamlessly embraced technology to aid referees and linesmen, so why doesn't football?

Recommended for you

Iliad founder says T-Mobile offer is 'real'

17 minutes ago

French telecom upstart Iliad's founder said Friday that the company's offer for US-based T-Mobile is "real" and that he is open to working with partners on a deal.

Law changed to allow 'unlocking' cellphones

32 minutes ago

President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Friday making it legal once again to unlock a cellphone without permission from a wireless provider, so long as the service contract has expired.

Social network challenges end in tragedy

33 minutes ago

Online challenges daring people to set themselves ablaze or douse themselves in ice water are racking up casualties and fueling wonder regarding idiocy in the Internet age.

Microsoft sues Samsung alleging contract breach

34 minutes ago

Microsoft on Friday sued Samsung in federal court claiming the South Korean giant had breached a contract over cross-license technology used in the fiercely competitive smartphone market.

States debate digital currency

1 hour ago

Now that consumers can use digital currencies like bitcoin to buy rugs from Overstock.com, pay for Peruvian pork sandwiches from a food truck in Washington, D.C., and even make donations to political action committees, states ...

User comments : 0