New Delhi: In a significant step to reduce human error in football, the goal-line technology will be introduced at Euro 2016 in France and in the knock-out phase of the Champions League from next season.
The executive committee of European football's governing body on Friday voted in favour to use the technology in it's blue-ribbon tournaments. The decision will pave the way to end the instances of goals being wrongly disallowed at major tournaments in the continent.
"The use of goal-line technology was approved for the final tournament of UEFA EURO 2016 in France, as well as for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League from the play-offs onwards.
"The system will work alongside additional assistant referees who will continue to monitor all activity in and around the penalty area. The goal-line technology system supplier will be announced in due course," UEFA said in a statement.
The statement also revealed that the UEFA will look into the possibility of using it in the second tier Europa League.
"The UEFA Executive Committee also decided to look into the feasibility of implement goal-line technology in the UEFA Europa League, as from the group stage onwards, starting in the 2017/18 season," it read.
The technology was first approved by sport's rule-makers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), in 2012 and was introduced in the English Premier League in the 2013-14 season.
Subsequently, it was used in the World Cup for the first time in Brazil, in 2014 for a FIFA tournament.
Before his ban, disgraced UEFA president Michel Platini allowed a review to the proposal to use it in the Euro 2016, which is being held in his country. The Frenchman had been a long-time opponent of technology.