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2. REF WATCH: EPL wants video to aid refs
November 20th, 2006 10:59PM



The English Premier League hopes to convince FIFA to reconsider its stubborn stance on the use of video replay to aid officials.

Keith Hackett, head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, is charged with presenting a proposal to FIFA in January supporting the use of video technology primarily to help referees make decisions on goal line incidents, but will also push for its use for off-the-ball and penalty-kick calls.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has steadfastly opposed the use of video technology during a game, but the Premier League believes that recent unsuccessful experiments with inserting a chip inside the ball to rule on goal-line calls strengthens its case to use video replays, according to The Guardian.

One advocate, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, said the failure to use video was like playing night games without floodlights.

"The media are so close to the bench now," said Wenger, "when the referee makes a decision, the bench checks the television - is the decision right or not? That has increased the frustration on the bench, because before you knew you could not have access to the television during the game and had to check it after the game. Every decision of the referee is on television and is analysed, but the only one in the whole game who has no access to the video and the right picture is the referee. What is even more surprising is that the referee does not want to use it."

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