Platini sends mixed goal-line technology messages

In the aftermath of Stefan Kiessling's ghost goal, the Uefa president has once again insisted on following the referee despite calling for a rematch
Michel Platini has reiterated his anti-goal-line technology stance despite making contradictory claims about whether referee's decisions should stand even if they are clearly wrong.

Bayer Leverkusen beat Hoffenheim 2-1 earlier in October thanks to a 'ghost goal' from Stefan Kiessling, which went through a hole in the side-netting but that the officials thought was legitimate.

In the aftermath of the controversial goal, Fifa has suggested the Bundesliga adapt the GoalRef technology, the same system the world football governing body intends to use for the World Cup in Brazil.

GoalRef detects if a goal has been scored by monitoring changes in the magnetic field within the goal, measured by coils that are installed at the posts, the crossbar and the ball itself, unlike the system currently used in the Premier League, which is based on video cameras.

Platini, known for his stance against the introduction of any kind of aiding technology, believes that even with it, Kiessling's goal would have been counted.

"The technology is only registering if the ball is in the goal, not how it got there," he stated in front of a DFB sports hearing, adding: "And the ball was in the goal, wasn't it?"

Confusingly, the Uefa president says the sport must stick to trusting referee decisions despite contradicting his suggestion of following officials' choices - even if they are wrong - by saying that Hoffenheim-Leverkusen be replayed.

"A goal remains a goal, a penalty remains a penalty, if that's the referee's decision," he continued. "If a goal is given even though it was offside, it stands anyway."

But he later added: "It would be a great sign of fairplay if the clubs agreed to repeat the match."