Goal-line technology for Euros and Champions League

Michel Platini has been a long-term opponent of goal-line technology. Picture: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Michel Platini has been a long-term opponent of goal-line technology. Picture: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

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Uefa is set to end years of opposition to goal-line technology and have systems in place for Euro 2016 and next season’s Champions League and Europa League.

Michel Platini, the Uefa president who is currently suspended from all football-related activities, has always been strongly opposed to goal-line technology but, in his absence, the organisation has paved the way for its introduction.

Uefa’s executive committee, meeting in Paris, has also set out the plan that will be necessary to elect a new president on 3 May, with Platini looking certain to no longer be in the role.

Uefa’s general secretary Gianni Infantino said: “In terms of goal-line technology and its use in the future, the final decision will be made in January but the executive committee was pretty positive in its mindset.

“If it happens for Euro 2016 then it will also happen for the club competitions for next season, the Champions League and Europa League. This will be in addition to the five assistants.”

Infantino said Platini himself had suggested it be considered, and the logistics of introducing systems in 80 venues across Europe would now be looked at.

Uefa also announced the prize money for Euro 2016. Each country involved will earn a minimum of £5.8 million and a maximum £19.5m.

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