Platini against video technology

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Michel Platini

UEFA president Michel Platini has insisted video technology "is not for football" and that its introduction would rob the game of its popularity.

Platini's counterpart with world governing body FIFA, Sepp Blatter, has suggested technology could be introduced in time for the 2014 World Cup as his organisation continues testing possible systems. But Platini, European football's most influential figure, reaffirmed his opposition to technology in an interview with France's L'Equipe Mag.

"Video is not for football. Human (adjudication) is better," he said.

"Football became popular thanks to its human values. If that becomes a commercial value, it will lose all its popularity."

Technology was pushed back up the agenda when Frank Lampard's goal was disallowed in England's World Cup defeat to Germany last year despite the ball clearly crossing the line.

The expected benefit of technology would be to reduce the frequency of such incidents affecting results, but Platini argued that is part of the game's appeal.

He made reference to Germany goalkeeper Toni Schumacher's awful challenge on France striker Patrick Battiston during the two countries' World Cup semi-final in 1982, in which Platini played, alongside the infamous handballs by Argentina legend Diego Maradona and France striker Thierry Henry which led to England's elimination from the 1986 tournament and prevented the Republic of Ireland qualifying for the 2010 event.

"Football has also based its popularity on injustices," Platini continued.

"You can remember them and talk about them in the bars.

"You can talk about 1982, France-Germany, it was an injustice like the hand of Maradona or that of Henry. The notoriety also comes from negative things in football."

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