It was diplomacy and hand shakes in Kuala Lumpur for UEFA President Michel Platini. The once deft touches and fine arts of the former French play maker have given way to a blunt edge on the question of goal line technology.
FIFA’s experiment with a high-tech watchful eye on the goal-line got under way last week at its Club World Cup in Japan. Platini is not for turning on the subject.
“To put the goal-line technology in the competition is 50 million euros in five years, I prefer to give 50 million euros to grassroots, the development of football than to put 50 million towards technology, for perhaps one or two goals per year,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Two systems are being tested at the moment with one set to be used in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. After that Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s president is due to step down with Michel Platini tipped by many to lead the world governing body. But technology could have become a part of football by then.