The Professional Football League (LFP) has decided “To immediately suspend the use of goal-line technology (GLT) as of this weekend as of this weekend” following a new bug, announced Thursday its general manager, Didier Quillot.
This decision follows the multiple malfunctions of a tool, supposed to be infallible, responsible for alerting the referee when the ball crosses the goal line. A new bug affected the meeting between Rennes and Paris-Saint-Germain, Wednesday January 10 in the Coupe de la Ligue.
According to information from The team, the LFP is preparing to terminate the contract concluded with GoalControl, the German service provider chosen to manage GLT in France.
This measure takes effect “On all the matches and all the competitions organized by the LFP in consultation with the technical direction of the French refereeing and FIFA”. This suspension therefore concerns the flagship events, Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue.
” Yesterday evening [mercredi soir en Coupe de la Ligue], unfortunately, the GLT experienced two serious malfunctions concerning Amiens-PSG – the GLT did not vibrate the referee’s watch and it was the video assistant who validated the goal of the PSG – and a second incident in Angers -Montpellier where the GLT wrongly made the referee’s watch vibrate ”, said Mr. Quillot.
“These two anomalies are unacceptable, especially as they occur just after we have given Goal Control formal notice”, further pleaded the DG of the instance, according to whom “These two anomalies are the demonstration that the GLT, at least in its current version, is not reliable”.
In mid-December after other hiccups, the LFP warned GoalControl that the contract that bound them until June 2019 could be terminated in the event of a new malfunction.
The GoalControl company in question
The German company has been widely criticized since a former employee of GoalControl, Suzana Castaignede, created controversy in October by explaining in several media that it was possible to manually vibrate the referees’ watch in case the ball crossed the line. without the system perceiving it.
GLT should not be confused with VAR, or video assistance in arbitration. The latter will be introduced in L1 next season, if the Board, body responsible for the laws of the game, authorizes it in March. So far, several countries are testing VAR – again with hiccups. In France, the VAR has been tested since the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue this week. FIFA hopes it will be used at the World Cup in Russia this summer (June 14-July 15).