French league suspends goal-line technology after failures cross the reliability line

January 12 – The French football league (LFP) has suspended the use of goal-line technology due to a series of errors.

Just as goalline technology looks set to be globally expanded to video assistant referees, so the French have gone the other way.

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

According to an LFP statement, the company administering goal-line technology, GoalControl, was issued with a warning last month and the move to suspend it came after two more apparent malfunctions in Wednesday’s French league cup matches:  Amiens-PSG match and Angers-Montpellier.

LFP director general Didier Quillot was quoted as saying: “These two irregularities are unacceptable, especially as they occur just after we put GoalControl on notice.”

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