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Platini wants more referees on the pitch

UEFA president Michel Platini is continuing to campaign for more referees on the field in football.

Interviewed on Italian entertainment show Chiambretti Night, Platini was asked about Thierry Henry's hand ball that helped France qualify for the World Cup at the expense of Ireland.

Platini responded that the problem is that "referees today unfortunately don't see everything on the field."

He said to resolve the problem "either we add referees or we use (replay). I'm for the human option."

Platini noted that there are 10 linesman on the court for a tennis match and three referees for basketball, adding that "we should try to add a referee so they can see the entire field. Whether they make mistakes or not is another discussion."