• The French football league has suspended goal-line technology in its competitions following more glitches during League Cup quarterfinals last 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 last 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 league general director, said the service provided by GoalControl was not reliable at the moment, and hinted French football authorities could end the partnership.
“We are going to look at what is available on the market,” Quillot said. “There are other providers, not only GoalControl.”
• Ford Motor Co. says it’s doubling its investment in electric and hybrid vehicles and plans to introduce 40 by 2022.
Among them: A hybrid version of the F-150 pickup truck that is due out in 2020.
In 2015, Ford pledged to invest $4.5 billion to develop 13 electric and hybrid vehicles by 2020. At the Detroit auto show Sunday, the company says it’s doubling that to $11 billion.
It plans to bring out 24 hybrids and 16 electric vehicles by 2022.
Ford’s global markets chief says many current Ford vehicles, like its best-selling F-150, will get hybrid or electric
“We want to make a statement about the company that we’re electrifying our iconic vehicles,” Farley says.