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Platini’s refusal to admit that he is wrong is stupidity of the highest degree

Written By DBSFootball.

With calls for technology in the game of football being as loud as can be, you would think there would be a response from the heads of UEFA. Well there has been a response. But it isn’t a good one. Michel Platini, who is still fiercely against technology in football despite so many big decisions being judged wrongly, believes that the resolution to refereeing mistakes is to have two more referees. Not only that, but he is, with the help of Pierluigi Collina going to make all referees as fit as the footballers themselves. With such a magnificent idea as that, he must be so proud of himself *extreme sarcasm*.
He believes that this new, revolutionary idea (again, oozing sarcasm) will, according to him, provide a “99 to 100 percent” guarantee of no more mistakes. This new concept will be introduced to Champions League games, as well as staying with Europa League games.
5 referees were present and supposedly working together to get all the decisions correct in the game between Tottenham and the Young Boys on Wednesday, and all five of them missed Jermaine Defoe’s handball. Conveniently, when asked, Platini hadn’t seen the incident. But this means, that this incident is down to the referees fitness. Is that what your telling us Platini?
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It just makes you want to laugh it’s so ridiculous. If there is a guarantee that 99 to 100 percent of the time, there will be no mistakes, which I doubt very very much, then why not make it a 100% guarantee that there will be no mistakes by introducing video technology?

I have seen no evidence as yet that five referees makes any difference to the final decision. There have been very few times when the officials behind the goal in Europa League games have intervened during the big decisions, either because they haven’t seen it, or they are too scared to over-rule the referees decision. It takes less than 20 seconds for us watching at home to see on the replays what actually happened, yet Platini and Blatter’s ego’s are to vast for them to admit that they are wrong and turn to video technology to make football decisions accurate, but most importantly, fair.

Should action be taken for technology to be introduced, or is Michel Platini right to ignore technology?



  1. Vince Abela

    August 28, 2010 at 10:17 am

    One thing………Platini should step down with immediate effect as he is nothing but a French sarcastic no good leader.

  2. KopThisMate

    August 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Platini and the rest of the whole organsation, if you want to call it one, are a joke. The world cup was a joke, with blatant diving and overacting,( kaka send off was a farce). Players need to be on long suspensions for such misconduct, but nothing will happen, refs wont see it, and after the final whistle blows there actions are forgotten.. Almost every other sport utilises video tech, either as a fianal decision to questionable decisions, or post match decisions for actions that were missed by refs, such as would be for diving and overacting, but techno weenies like sepp and platini wont budge. They need to be ousted, and the game needs to move into the 21st century if it is to thrive.

  3. Essexian76

    August 28, 2010 at 10:28 am

    What would have happened about the goal Stoke scored last Sat, as the rule would only be for debates about goal line incidents,when clearly there was a foul beforehand?, where do you draw the line?.There were five officials on Weds, yet they missed Defoes handball,and the offside YB had for their first goal,its endless and once you start messing with things they’ll not solve anything and create a precedent that’ll make the game worse… not better in the end

  4. AntiOnan

    August 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Platini: wonderful footballer once but now your typical arrogantly stupid Gallic mouth: still obsessed with the fact that France has been an “also run” in Europe for decades and that is all the fault of the UK(not just football either).

    It is hard to say much without resorting to four letters but the fact is that he & UEFA make a good pair: Idiots United.
    But then: what can you expect of a person who thinks that football brilliance extends into commonsense & rhetoric?

    • karl

      August 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

      how can you say that France have been ‘also rans’ for decades . they won the WC in 98 and ECin 2000. england are the ‘also rans’ who underachieve no matter what the managers nationality is.

  5. Blighty

    August 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

    No surprises there. Platini, is a filthy french cheat. No wonder that France won the world cup when they didn’t play a proper nation till the final and then Ronaldo has a mystery illness and misses the final. The way Brazil played there was clearly something moody afoot.
    Seeing him with his smug grin in the stands made me sick.

  6. Stoney

    August 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

    The greediest money making sport in the world is run by a communist. It’s a conflict of interest. He hates the premiership because it’s the best and richest league in the world. He wasn’t bothered when his beloved juventus and other Italian clubs were buying up the best players in the world and winning everything back in the 80’s and 90’s. He’s so ignorant it’s frightening.

  7. Gooner

    August 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Platini and Blatter ( Laurel and Hardy) ,If you want a system thats equally fair to all teams and cannot be corrupted then introduce technology. If you want an unfair system thats open to corruption, then leave it as it is. France would not have been in the last world cup finals if video technology has been in use, and ironically they would probabally have been better off staying at home.

  8. TonyTott

    August 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    My reaction to the extra refs was to burst out laughing. Must be the worst job ever. At least the lino gets to run up and down a bit! In fairness, no technology in isolation is going to catch Defoe’s handball. The only thing we could do is have an American Football system where you can proactively appeal incidents once play stops (easier in NFL as play stops every 3 secs!). The ref then watches footage and can change the decision. Of course you have a limited number of appeals otherwise Alex Ferguson would drag the game out to four hours! Basically look at other sports – cricket, rugby, tennis do it in other ways.

  9. Stuwizard

    August 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Just found this article on another forum !
    Peter Crouch tried his hardest to stop it going in when playing away on Saturday in Stoke. On this occasion he was successful. Not because it didn’t go in. It did (we think). He just didn’t get caught. Tedious innuendo aside though, are we certain it went in? Lots of cameras and lots of angles tell us that it most probably did. But we’re not 100% are we? The enthusiasm with which some talk about goal-line technology leads us to believe that this uncertainty might be all but eliminated, but given the high speed, fine margins we are talking about TV replays won’t guarantee a certain outcome.

    The one thing the replay did provide some certainty of is that once you begin to pour over TV replays, a handful of other incidents are quickly brought to attention. Many commentators satisfied themselves that justice was done in the end since the replay shows a shove on Spurs keeper Huerelho Gomes. Although, hang on a minute… is that handball by Crouch? How comfortable is a fourth official going to be when attempting to make a sound decision when presented with such detailed evidence? So what do we think, free kick to spurs, penalty to Stoke, or a goal….or play on. Wait a minute…’play-on’?

    Ok so I’m the referee and I have sneaky suspicion the ball crossed the line… I even put the whistle to my lips…but I’m not sure…hang on a minute, I can use the 6th official in the stand to check a replay from the TV…so do I blow my whistle now or wait for a break in play?…which could be a few minutes away… what if there’s a nasty tackle, what if Spurs score, what if Stoke score!? I’ll just blow my whistle now and we can watch the telly for a bit and put the kettle on… we could probably even go to an ad break.

    It’s true what they say though, we do have successful examples of using TV technology in our other sports. The enthusiasm with which these examples are used to support the case for football is a little misleading though. Super League have done it well for years, cricket and tennis have too seen greater accuracy in umpiring decisions because of TV technology. But there’s a fundamental difference in these sports. Cricket and tennis phases of play last a matter of seconds and a break in play is inevitable – in fact it’s more breaks than it is play. Tackling in Super League also creates ‘natural’ pauses that allow a quick referral to TV replays – just to a lesser extent. Football has much longer phases of play and a referee would most likely have to stop play to avoid confusion – albeit disrupting the flow of a game (note. A more practical use of TV technology that would improve the game is to retrospectively punish players that disrupt the flow intentionally by diving and faking injuries).

    But actually, how often are these unnatural stoppages really going to be needed? I am sure from memory I could count on one foot the number of times a season this debate arises. Sure, when it’s a big game the decision to use replays becomes a ‘no-brainer’, but how do we define the games that get the technology and the ones that don’t? Just televised games? Just professional games? Just the clubs, tournaments and FAs that can afford to implement it? Well anyway, once we have decided we’ll make sure the technology is put to good use…after all we don’t want it to just sit there waiting for a goal line clearance, it’s expensive. We could use it for other decisions, like throw-ins, off-sides, fouls… even lip-reading Wayne Rooney and giving him a good ticking-off for not being a role-model to all the wonderfully well mannered kids who idolise him. I can’t wait. The big match on Sunday would last hours. Pubs and clubs up and down the country could use similar technology to prove to other-halves that the game really did last that long and we didn’t just stay for an extra cheeky pint after the game.

    Who knows how dull the game would become if after having stopped the game in full flow we have looked at HIGH DEFINITION replays from 86 angles to be certain that yes, Didier Drogba fell over like a bad actress but only after Rio Ferdinand stepped on his toe at a corner that wasn’t even a corner because it came from a throw-in that wasn’t even a throw in. But at least we got the throw-in right. The fine margins, the speed and the debate are what makes our national sport worth watching. If you can’t argue about bad decisions and slag off referees you’ll simply have to accept that the best team won, fair and square. How awful would that be?

  10. tony

    August 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    you could have 22 refs and they could still miss a ball crossing the goal every major sport hi tech has ruled out any argument,but not in the biggest spectator sport in the world.if they are makeing a re run of “the flintstones”fifa and the fa should apply for leading roles.get real.the world has moved on from the stone age.why dont you?

  11. jossy

    August 29, 2010 at 6:43 am

    FIFA & UEFA are a corrupt organizatio, sepp blatter is a disgrace to football while platini hate english game just look at chelsea barcelona uefa semis last time no punishment have been handed to that SON OF A DEVIL refree TOM EVREBO GOD will punish them all they will all be disgrace before they live their various position AMEN

  12. jossy

    August 29, 2010 at 7:12 am

    if i have my way i will send them to were they belong i mean staying at home with their horror family, platini you have played this beautiful game before and you should know how those guyz running around the pitch feels when wrong decision go against them introduced goal line technology. platini you have betrayed this guyz they tought they have one of their own as a UEFA PRESIDENT. but you areJUDAS DE ESCARIOT the one that betrayed JESUS CHRIST

  13. albey

    September 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

    This is why football is in the state it is in because of idiots like platini and the other fool blater all the major sports have moved with the times and technology but not football and will stay that way while these bafoons are running world football . frankly the last world cup was one of the worst if not the worst i have every watched nothing against the south african nation the diving conning the ref bad sportsmanship stupid ball ruined the games dixie dean scored 60 goals for everton with a leather ball with laces in it . and as 5 referees what a joke so if the five miss a incident like lampards goal what do platini and blater do increase it to 10 referees they cundnt run a bath

  14. jossy

    September 13, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    platini father found out that his wife has been cheating on him by sleeping with sepp blatter’s grandfather that is how they beggot that bastard call PLATINI that refuses to introduce GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY FOOL

  15. jossy

    September 13, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    platini father found out that his wife has been cheating on him by sleeping with sepp blatter’s grandfather that is how they beggot that bastard call PLATINI that refuses to introduce GOAL LINE TECHNOLOGY FOOL

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