French league to 'immediately suspend' goal-line technology

Florence Fletcher
January 12, 2018

Adrien Rabiot headed in PSG's second goal against Amiens but the referee's watch did not vibrate to indicate a goal.

Following two more technical failings during games in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue, this Thursday January 11 the LFP informed the company GoalControl of the immediate suspension of the goal-line technology system until further orders.

The LFP had already warned GoalControl, the company in charge of the system, about issues last month. For now, it's the French who are unhappy with the technology and let GoalControl know that its contract could be terminated.

The first blunder was caused by GoalControl during League Cup's match between PSG and Amiens, where the technology did not alert the referees for PSG's second goal and Video Assistant Referee (VAR) instead awarded the goal.

It was subsequently given after consultation with a Video Assistant Referee, which the LFP, like the FA, is also trialling.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association has yet to confirm whether GoalControl will be used in Russia at a second straight World Cup.

LFP director general Didier Quillot was quoted as saying: "These two irregularities are unacceptable, especially as they occur just after we put GoalControl on notice".

Goal-line technology entered football after a goal was wrongly disallowed at the 2010 World Cup.

The technology and VAR were provided by Hawk-Eye at the Confederations Cup a year ago.

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