UEFA president Michel Platini has reiterared that he is ‘completely satisfied’ with the experiment of using five match officials at games.
The Frenchman, who opposes the use of video technology in decision-making, says he is happy with the current process where the referee is aided by four assistants – two running the line and one observing each penalty area.
Platini believes the system of five officials, adopted this season in the Champions League after being trialled in the Europa League last term, is evolving well.
“It’s an evolution,” Platini told TF1’s Telefoot programme .
“For 125 years, there wasn’t any evolution in refereeing. I’m trying to evolve it in a human way.
“And for those who don’t like technology, I’d like to say one thing: the rule of football is that the referee in the middle of the pitch makes the decisions on football and not some bloke in a television control room.
“I’m still against the use of video,” he said.