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UEFA approves goal-line technology; to be introduced at 2016 Euro Cup

January 22, 21:49 UTC+3 GENEVA
"The system will work alongside additional assistant referees who will continue to monitor all activity in and around the penalty area
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GENEVA, January 22. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) voted to approve the introduction of the "goal-line" technology starting from this year’s Euro Cup tournament in France.

"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 European governing body of football said in its statement on Friday following the UEFA’s Executive Committee’s session in Nyon.

"The system will work alongside additional assistant referees who will continue to monitor all activity in and around the penalty area," the statement said. "The goal-line technology system supplier will be announced in due course."

The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup will be held in France between June 10 and July 10 with matches to be played in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.

A total of 24 European national teams qualified for the Euro Cup final tournament in 2016, after the contestants’ format, which was used since 1996, was decided to be extended from 16 to 24 teams.

2020 UEFA Euro Cup

Four cities in different European countries will be hosting each three group stage matches and one quarterfinal match of the 2020 Euro Cup and they are St. Petersburg (Russia), Rome (Italy), Munich (Germany) and Baku (Azerbaijan).

Copenhagen (Denmark), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Brussels (Belgium) and Glasgow (Scotland) will each host three group stage matches and one match of the Last 16 round.

UEFA’s Executive Committee decided that the semifinals and the final of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup, which in six years will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, will be held at the Wembley Stadium in London.

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