Goal-line technology to be used in UEFA finals

Date published: Friday 4th March 2016 1:37

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UEFA has announced that goal-line technology will be used during this season’s Champions League and Europa League finals.

UEFA’s executive committee met on Friday at the governing body’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland where it was decided the technology should be used for the showpiece matches, which will be played in Milan on May 28 and in Basle on May 18 respectively.

A decision had already been announced in January that the technology would be in place for Euro 2016 this summer and in next season’s Champions League from the play-off round onwards. At that time UEFA also said it would look at the feasibility of introducing goal-line technology from the group stage of the Europa League starting in 2017-18.

Theodore Theodoridis was also announced as the governing body’s interim general secretary after Gianni Infantino was elected FIFA president last week.

Theodoridis was expected to be unveiled as Infantino’s successor having been deputy to the Swiss-Italian since 2010, two years after first joining UEFA as its director of national associations.

The Greek official is a former board member of the Hellenic Football Federation and the son of Savvas Theodoridis, the vice-president of Olympiacos who are currently embroiled in a match-fixing scandal in conjunction with the HFF.

The executive committee also reconfirmed it would await the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision regarding Michel Platini’s appeal on his football ban before deciding to schedule a presidential election.

CAS announced last week that the Frenchman was challenging the suspension from football at a national and international level, which was reduced from eight years to six by FIFA’s Appeal Committee.

Platini and Sepp Blatter were punished in December over a 2million Swiss francs (£1.3million) ”disloyal payment” made to the Frenchman by the former FIFA president. Both men deny any wrongdoing.

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