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Ex-UEFA president Michel Platini: ‘Video evidence does not guarantee justice’ – Euro 2020

by: Adam Smith


Ex-UEFA president Platini has warned against the video evidence and called for good referees instead. The VAR does not guarantee justice.

Former UEFA president Michel Platini sees the video evidence as a threat to football. “A match cannot be decided by the video assistant,” the Frenchman said in an interview with the Italian transgaming.orgs daily Corriere dello Sport: “Football is a where contact is important. There are situations that are normal, but when viewed by technology, they can be misinterpreted. The referee surgery, the football of the centimeters are unacceptable.”

As president of the European Football Union (UEFA), the former world-class player had always spoken out against technical aids and instead introduced goal judges in the European Cup and European Championship tournaments. “The video evidence also kills the joy of a goal, it forces the footballers to celebrate a hit after five months. For fair football you don’t need the video evidence, you need a good referee,” the 64-year-old said.

Platini: Video evidence? Moves only the problems

Not only in the Bundesliga, but also in Italy or England there are fierce discussions about the VAR. “There has also been chaos in Spain and Germany, especially in the first year in which the video evidence was used,” Platini said: “It does not solve the problems , it postpones them and does not guarantee any justice.”

Platini was UEFA’s boss from 2007 to 2015 and was to succeed former president Joseph S. Blatter at fifa. A dubious payment of 1.8 million euros from Blatter to Platini earned him a four-year ban by fifa’s ethics committee.