French league suspends goal-line technology after errors

A man from the German company GoalControl checks the operation of the goal-line technology before the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Caen at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on December 20, 2017. Photo: FRANCK FIFE / AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The French football league (LFP) has said it has suspended the use of goal-line technology due to a series of errors.

The decision covers all competitions under its jurisdiction, including the top-flight Ligue 1 and league cup.

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According to an LFP statement, GoalControl was issued a warning last month over errors made earlier in the season and the move to suspend it came after two more incidents were noted in Wednesday's French league cup matches.

"... the GLT experienced two serious malfunctions in the Amiens-PSG match... and a second incident in Angers-Montpellier where the GLT wrongly caused the referee's watch to vibrate," ESPN quoted LFP director general Didier Quillot as saying.

"These two irregularities are unacceptable, especially as they occur just after we put GoalControl on notice."

The LFP also said an administrative council would decide on further action regarding GoalControl next week.


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