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UEFA; Green light to goal-line technology for Euro 2016

The Uefa Executive Committee has today (Friday) formally approved the introduction of goal-line technology (GLT) into its major competitions from Euro 2016, as well as giving its full backing to general secretary Gianni Infantino’s bid to become the head of world football’s governing body, Fifa.

The decisions come following the first Executive Committee meeting of the year at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.  The use of GLT has been approved for the Euro 2016 national team tournament in France, as well as for the 2016-17 Champions League club competition from the play-offs onwards.

The system will work alongside additional assistant referees who will continue to monitor all activity in and around the penalty area. Uefa said the goal-line technology system supplier will be announced in due course, adding that it will look into introducing GLT for the group stage of the Europa League onwards from 2017-18.

Today’s decision marks a change in strategy from Uefa. While Fifa has embraced GLT at its top competitions, Uefa has been reluctant to do so. Currently banned president Michel Platini has been a strong advocate of utilising additional match officials to aid referees instead of the latest technology.

The technology was introduced in 2014 in the Premier League without any major problems. The first goal to be decisively awarded using goal-line technology in the English Premier League was Edin Džeko's goal for Manchester City against Cardiff City on 18 January 2014

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