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Uefa chief backs extra officials

Michel Platini
Platini has been pushing for further trials with extra referees for some time

Michel Platini believes the use of extra assistant referees behind the goalline will come into use after plans for trials were given the green light.

The International FA Board (IFAB) has given the go-ahead for an experimental period in a professional league with a final decision to come in 2011.

And asked if he was confident extra officials would come into use, Uefa president Platini said: "I am sure.

"The decision will be made in 2011. If agreed it will be used in Euro 2012."

This latest development comes after Fifa reported on an experiment conducted during under-19 European Championship qualifying tournaments in Slovenia, Hungary and Cyprus last year.

The IFAB is made up of representatives of the four home associations, who each have a vote, and Fifa, who have four. Any rule change needs at least six votes in favour.

The board, meeting near Belfast, also offered a way back in for goal-line technology by agreeing to a new report on latest developments.

It was put on ice a year ago but could be revived after the IFAB agreed to hear a report on latest developments by adidas and German company Cairos Technology.

However, it rejected a proposal by the Irish FA for sin-bins, and by the Scottish FA for a fourth substitute to be allowed in extra time.

Fifa also withdrew their proposal for an extra five minutes at half-time after opposition from the home nations.

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