French league suspends goal-line technology after 'failings'

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Published 5:26 a.m. ET Jan. 12, 2018 | Updated 6:04 a.m. ET Jan. 12, 2018

PARIS (AP) — The French football league has suspended goal-line technology in its competitions following more glitches during League Cup quarterfinals this week.

The LFP informed the company GoalControl “of the immediate suspension” of its technology following “two more technical failings” in matches, it said in a statement late Thursday.

The French league already said last month it wanted improvements after expressing “dissatisfaction with the failures” in several matches with GoalControl, the same system used at the 2014 World Cup. FIFA has yet to confirm whether GoalControl will be used in Russia at a second straight World Cup.

It took referee Nicolas Rainville about a minute to confirm Paris Saint-Germain’s second goal in the 2-0 win over Amiens on Wednesday. Adrien Rabiot headed in the second goal but the referee’s watch, which normally vibrates to indicate a goal, did not work, and he had to consult with video assistant referees to validate the goal.

Another incident marred Montpellier’s 1-0 win in Angers, where the technology wrongly made the referee’s watch vibrate.

Didier Quillot, the…

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