Audio recordings by referees a top priority for UEFA chief.
UEFA president Michel Platini on Friday revealed his intention to record discussions between officials in European matches as of next season.
“I understand the error of the referee who didn’t see the foul by (Thomas) Mueller (on Jordi Alba in the build-up to Bayern Munich’s third goal in their 4-0 win against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg),” Platini said during a visit to the northern French city of Lille to check on preparations for the Euro 2016 finals on Friday.
“But there were three international standard referees involved and none of them saw it. Something is not right.
“If the referee were on his own, he wouldn’t have seen it, and two might not have seen it either but, between three, they have to see it!
“As of next year I have asked the general secretary (of UEFA) to record conversations between officials in matches involving five officials.
“I don’t believe that nobody saw the foul. It’s not possible. Why was nothing said? I want to know.”
Platini did however reiterate his opposition to using video evidence, insisting that the implication of such technology would be too expensive.
The France legend also stated his satisfaction at the progress being made by the country as it prepares to host Euro 2016.
“For UEFA, things are progressing well. Today there were plenty of green lights, and some that were more amber,” Platini said.
He was speaking after a meeting of the Euro 2016 organising committee, which brings together UEFA, the French Football Federation, the French government, and the 10 designated host cities.
“I was making a reference to four years ago and where we were with Poland and Ukraine when all the lights were at red. I was very happy that the colours this time were different,” added Platini, speaking of the Euro 2012 finals.
“There is no situation that is currently out of our control,” confirmed Jacques Lambert, president of the Euro 2016 organising committee.
Lille’s new 50,000-capacity venue, opened in August last year, is one of two in the far north of France that will host games in the finals, which will be the first in the history of the European Championship to feature 24 teams.
The home of Lille’s near neighbours Lens is due for a major upgrade, while new grounds are either planned or currently under construction in Lyon, Bordeaux and Nice.
Marseille, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse will also host matches, along with the Parc des Princes in Paris and the Stade de France in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.
Meanwhile, Lambert announced that the logo for the tournament will be unveiled on June 26.