Football: Uefa approves use of goal-line technology

Wayne Rooney scores for Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney scores for Manchester United.PHOTO: REUTERS

NYON, Switzerland (AFP) - Uefa has approved the use of goal-line technology in its competitions, starting with the Euro 2016 tournament in France, the acting head of European football Gianni Infantino said on Friday.

“We looked at it seriously...and finally we decided to start with Euro (2016) and then move on to the Champions League,” Infantino told journalists following a Uefa executive meeting.

“Now we are going to look at how to implement it,” he added.

The technology is already used in the English Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, the German Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in France.

World governing body Fifa also brought it in for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after a series of successful trials.

Suspended Uefa boss Michel Platini had said he was open to goal-line technology if Europe’s referee’s felt it could enhance accurate officiating.

And the European federation’s chief referee Pierluigi Collina earlier this week said that the European tournament which runs from June 10 to July 10 would provide “a good opportunity” for the use of the technology.