Platini ‘non’ to video

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 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.”