UEFAsaurus?

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar August 29, 2015 10:44

UEFAsaurus?

by Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (August 28th 2015)

Evasion Manoeuvres

UEFA President Michel Platini promised that win or lose the FIFA Presidency, which he did not want to discuss, he was definitely in his last term as UEFA President. The Frenchman – one of the best players Europe has ever produced has introduced many positive changes since he succeeded . Despite critics Financial Fair Play has reduced debts that were spiralling out of control. The downward trend of football debt continues. European competition has opened up. Two Azerbaijani teams and a Kazakh one will play in the Europa League and Astana will be Kazakhstanʼs first in the Championʼs League.

MONACO - AUGUST 28: UEFA president Michel Platini speaking during the UEFA 2015/16 European Club Football Season Kick-Off President Press Conference on August 28, 2015 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Photo: Handout / UEFA

MONACO – AUGUST 28: UEFA president Michel Platini speaking during the UEFA 2015/16 European Club Football Season Kick-Off President Press Conference on August 28, 2015 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Photo: Handout / UEFA

UEFA proudly proclaimed itself the first to use the Anti-Discrimination Monitoring System and had partnered FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) previously, but UEFAʼs General Secretary Gianni Infantino chose his answer carefully, evading any mention of Jeffrey Webb – the Chair of FIFAʼs ADMS. Webb awaits trial in the USA, having agreed to be extradited. He has been replaced by CONCACAF, but not on the ADMS. This throws the initiative into disarray.

MONACO - AUGUST 28: UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino speaking during the UEFA 2015/16 European Club Football Season Kick-Off President Press Conference on August 28, 2015 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Photo: Handout / UEFA

MONACO – AUGUST 28: UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino speaking during the UEFA 2015/16 European Club Football Season Kick-Off President Press Conference on August 28, 2015 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Photo: Handout / UEFA

“And on the Anti-discrimination monitoring system all I can say is we are co-operating since many years with FARE, Football Against Racism in Europe, and since many years already we have increased this when we changed this particular” Infantino said. “We are sending – not we – FARE, and we have instructed our own match delegates into all stadias in Europe and they report all incidents that happen to our disciplinary bodies to then take actions, so we had the system in place well before other people started using the same systems. We had the systems several years and itʼs working well and itʼs proven I think quite successful, but thereʼs still more to be done”.

FIFA has yet to address the issue of why it has failed to replace Webb as well and Infantino ignored that part of the question.

Technology Phobia

MONACO - AUGUST 28: UEFA president Michel Platini speaking during the UEFA 2015/16 European Club Football Season Kick-Off President Press Conference on August 28, 2015 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Photo: Handout / UEFA

MONACO – AUGUST 28: UEFA president Michel Platini speaking during the UEFA 2015/16 European Club Football Season Kick-Off President Press Conference on August 28, 2015 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Photo: Handout / UEFA

Few have opposed the use of technology as vehemently as Platini. He simply doesnʼt trust or believe in it. A recent incident occurred tat casts further doubt on his position. Barçelona defender Gerard Piqué Bernabeu was unimpressed with recent officiating.

Sent of for his reaction to the officiating in the second leg of the Spanish Supercup against Athletic Club of Bilbao – he admitted his reaction was bad, but denied swearing at an official. He had cause for complaint in Tbilisi a week earlier. Sevillaʼs on-loan striker Ciro Immobile bloodied Piquéʼs nose with a flailing arm.

The former Manchester United defender didnʼt even get a free-kick. His reaction said it all. “Six refs and no-one sees it, fuckʼs sake!” Piqué said. He plainly had a point. How could six officials fail to see it? And if they had, which it appears they did, how can technology continue to be ignored – it did not miss the incident or Piquéʼs reaction?

MONACO - AUGUST 28: UEFA president Michel Platini speaking during the UEFA 2015/16 European Club Football Season Kick-Off President Press Conference on August 28, 2015 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Photo: Handout / UEFA

MONACO – AUGUST 28: UEFA president Michel Platini speaking during the UEFA 2015/16 European Club Football Season Kick-Off President Press Conference on August 28, 2015 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Photo: Handout / UEFA

“I love the system with 5 referees [thereʼs the 4th official as well]” Platini said. “Weʼre studying this system which is used in Italy, so weʼre studying the situation in Italy and is working very good with 5 referees and the technology to avoid phantom goals. So, weʼre studying which is the best system to use in Euro 2016”.

Platini must know that he had not answered the question, which was referred to Piquéʼs point that all of the officials missed an obvious incident – one caught by replays. Technology could and should have been allowed to resolve what all the officials had missed.

Instead, Platini chose to praise the system he favours and ignore the technology point totally.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar August 29, 2015 10:44
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