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UEFA rule out video replays

UEFA president Michel Platini on Thursday ruled out the introduction of video replays to solve controversial calls in football games but said he favoured the eventual use of goal-line technology.

Platini was speaking after chairing a two-day meeting of the executive committee of European football's top body here.

"Football must remain human, but we must also try to limit mistakes," said Platini, who insisted that he was "totally opposed" to the use of instant video replay which has been widespread in rugby for many years.

The French football legend believes that the solution to controversial calls would be to have "two additional assistant referees to keep a watch on the penalty areas".

But he said that he was not against a system to determine whether the ball has crossed the goal line, similar to Hawk-Eye used in tennis and cricket.

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