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Extra officials to be tested in Champions League

Extra officials to be tested in Champions League

UEFA's experiment of two extra match officials is to be extended to the Champions League and qualifying games for the 2012 European Championship.
UEFA's ruling executive decided on Thursday to apply the trial to its highest profile competitions, after the use of an extra official behind each goal was first tried out in the Europa League last season.
"It went well and we want to continue," UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said. "It is difficult to find something negative in this experiment."
In the Champions League, the extra officials will first appear in the playoff round in August.
The showpiece Super Cup match in August between Champions League winner Inter Milan and Europa League winner Atletico Madrid also will use the system.
The first Euro 2012 qualifiers are in September, and extra officials will be in all matches through to the finals scheduled in Poland and Ukraine, UEFA said.
The second-tier Europa League will resume its trials in the group stage from September.
UEFA and its president Michel Platini have been the most enthusiastic supporters of extra officials since football's world governing body FIFA approved trials in 2008.
FIFA's rule-making panel, the International Football Association Board, agreed last week to extend trials for two more years.
IFAB asked continental bodies like UEFA and national federations to propose which competitions use the system.
UEFA will submit its wish-list to FIFA for approval, which is expected to be a formality.
The two extra officials help the referee to monitor penalty-area incidents such as fouls, diving and shirt-pulling.
UEFA believes the system also helps cut down on dissent, and has a deterrent effect as attackers are less likely to try to deceive the officials.


Updated : 2021-05-18 15:49 GMT+08:00