Platini Wants More Referees

Michel Platini, the UEFA president, has spoken again of the ever present problem of players simulating to win free kicks or penalties. Platini, henceforth referred to as Le Prez, proposes adding two referees to the game, placed behind each goal who will assist in decisions near their vantage point, for instance set pieces and of course penalty situations.
Apart from the proposed solution itself, Le Prez is refreshingly honest about players diving:
"I know why players simulate, and I know because I did it too, it's because they know the referees can't see them. For instance, if I could have, I would have simulated to win a penalty during the World Cup semi final against Germany in order for us to win the game. The first time I simulated, all my team mates said 'well done', and it's always been that way."
That attitude does a lot more to help fix the problem of players simulating than anything we've ever seen before from UEFA. Having stuffy old men no player either knows or respects act holier than thou will never accomplish anything, but having someone the players can relate to just might. If not because the players will take heed of his criticism and stop doing it, but because his proposal is born out of more experience than sitting behind a desk and in VIP box seats.

This system of auxiliary assistant referees, as they're known, also has a bigger chance of being implementable if one considers the appeal of football being the same throughout various levels. In theory, twenty two players in the concrete outskirts of Rome should be able to play the same game as AS Roma are playing against Juventus a few minutes away at the Olimpico, with half the country watching. Implementing video technology makes that an impossibility, as those aides wouldn't be available at lower level football. That's not to say that is all there is to say about technological assistance, and I do not claim to be against the use of it (I'm not), but Le Prez's system addresses the need for more eyes monitoring situations without falling on the argument of universality.
Le Prez also had something to say about the financial policy of many clubs, The New York Times Soccer Blog Goal has that story.