Football: League chief cools replay idea

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Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey does not believe Sepp Blatter’s proposals for a television replay system for coaches is viable for his member clubs.
In a pre-recorded interview at the opening of the Soccerex convention, FIFA president Blatter suggested the idea could be trialled at next year’s FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Coaches would be allowed one TV replay challenge in each half, but Harvey believes the initiative is some way off being implemented in the Football League.
“My personal view is that we embrace technology and we have always been happy to be at the forefront of innovation whether it was the play-offs or increasing the number of substitutes,” Harvey told Sky Sports News HQ.
“We’ve always been happy to be at the forefront but this type of innovation is probably best suited to other leagues where there is already a significant amount of technology immediately available at games.
“Some of our games are only covered by one camera. That feed is still going back to different sources to be shown on Sky three or four hours later for example. So from a technology point of view I think we’d have significant problems embracing it at this moment in time.”
Harvey also dismissed the suggestion that the system could be used purely in the Championship
“We’ve previously had different rules in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and we’ve got separate rules in the Capital One Cup that we agreed with the Premier League because their clubs play in the competition,” he said.
“But ultimately if we were going to do it, it would have to be league-wide and I just don’t think we have the technological ability at this particular moment in time to consider its inception.”

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