Platini still wants more refs Print E-mail
Written by The Daily Telegraph   
Thursday, 31 January 2008 23:00

UEFA chief Michel Platini today repeated his support for the introduction of two additional assistant referees, positions he said could be taken by referees obliged to retire aged 45.

"There will be trials this year, notably in Chile, regarding participation of two additional assistant referees who would be 'penalty area' referees," Platini told journalists.

Platini had already announced in November that the matches with five referees could be tried in 2008 during FIFA matches of Under-21 teams.

"I believe that three referees is today obsolete," estimated Platini, who spoke after a UEFA meeting in Zagreb.

With five referees "we will always have two or three who will be close to the action to see what is going on and make a good decision," Platini said.

"In this way a lot of controversial situations regarding referees could be solved," stressed Platini, who opposes the introduction of video replays.

According to Platini, the new referees could comprise those who have "real experience" and who had to retire at the age of 45 according to FIFA rules.