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.