Sepp Blatter branded goal-line technology “a necessity” after a controversial incident involving England and Ukraine at Euro 2012.
The two sides are preparing to face-off again in the quarter-final of Euro 2020, but whatever happens in Rome, the match is unlikely to have the same implications for football as the clash nine years ago.
In 2012, Ukraine were co-hosts of the tournament and required a positive result in their final group match against England to progress to the knockout stages.
Wayne Rooney had given the Three Lions the lead, but Ukraine didn’t go down without a fight and thought they’d found an equaliser when Marko Devic’s shot appeared to cross the line before it was scrambled away by John Terry.
Replays showed Devic’s effort had indeed crossed the threshold, but the referee, linesman and the assistant behind the goal failed to award the strike.
Ukraine were incensed and went on to lose the game 1-0, missing out on qualification by a single point.
Blatter, who at the time was attempting to convince the game’s rule-makers – IFAB – to implement goal-line technology, took to Twitter to voice his support for the technology to be introduced.
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He tweeted: “After last night's match £GLT is no longer an alternative but a necessity.”
Goal-line technology was officially sanctioned later that year, but even with Blatter’s support, the system had its critics.
Michel Platini, then-president of UEFA, voiced his concerns about technology before Euro 2012 had even begun.
He told reporters in Warsaw: “With five, officials see everything. They don't take decisions without being fully aware.
“There's also a uniformity of refereeing. For example, they don't call unintentional handballs. That uniformity has led to more flowing football.
“Goal-line technology isn't a problem,” he continued.
“The problem is the arrival of technology because, after, you'll need technology for deciding handballs and then for offside decisions and so on.
“It'll be like that forever and ever. It'll never stop. That's the problem I have.”
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