Sir Dave Richards has accused Uefa’s president, Michel Platini, of “killing football” after Premier League plans for goal-line technology were voted down by Fifa.
Richards was leading a Premier League delegation in an effort to convince Fifa to adopt the Hawk-Eye camera system. However, the four Fifa delegates on the eight-man board voted against Hawk-Eye and an alternative Adidas system in favour of Platini’s counterproposal for two extra officials behind the goal-line.
Platini, as a Fifa executive committee member, was a voting Ifab delegate and the defeat prompted Richards to attack the former European footballer of the year by saying: “You’re killing football.”
Richards later said in a corridor at the hotel: “I’m absolutely gutted. There’s been a lot of investment in this from the Premier League.”
Richards’ outburst was al the more surprising given the tensions between his organisation, Fifa and Uefa over the league’s proposed international round of matches.
A senior Fifa executive said after the meeting that there had been no effort last month to contact the world body before Game 39 was announced and that league plans to resurrect the plan would be dismissed.