Global Sports : Pulis Wants TV ‘challenges’

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West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis called for the greater use of technology after defender Gareth McAuley was wrongly sent off in his side’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday lunch time.
McAuley was a victim of mistaken identity when he was shown a red card by referee Neil Swarbrick in the second minute at the Etihad Stadium after Craig Dawson fouled Wilfried Bony.
It was the second such controversy in the Premier League in the space of three weeks and the third in a year after incidents involving Sunderland and Arsenal.
“Refereeing is not easy, especially at the level we are at now and how quick the game is,” Pulis, who suggested managers get two challenges in a game, said.
“This product is one of the greatest products this country now sells all over the world, but it is no good moaning about referees. What we have to do is find a way to help referees out.
“I would definitely call now for managers to have two calls each and every game, where there are 30 seconds and they can have a video link-up with people upstairs who can watch it on video.
“It will eradicate the major decisions referees are getting wrong that actually affect games of football. We have to work hard to do that in what is the greatest league in the world. The sooner that comes in the better.”
Regardless of the identity issue, Pulis was incredulous the foul was deemed a red-card offence in the first place and was also unhappy about an incident in the build-up to City’s second goal.
Pulis said: “I watched the Wolves-Derby game (on Friday) and there was a very similar incident. The Wolves player stopped a player from going through, the ref gave a free-kick and didn’t even book him.
“So, the inconsistency there is one thing – but once he decides it is a goalscoring opportunity and he has to send him off, I can’t believe he has picked the wrong player. It is just beyond me.
“Then second goal, (Eliaquim) Mangala kicks Saido (Berahino) in the face. I think it is a poor decision.
“But we have to take it on the chin and move on. It is no good criticising and moaning about it. We have to find a way of improving it. That is my view. I think it is important we get an opportunity and a chance to help the referees.”
Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher reacted during the gameon Twitter, insisting referees “needed help”.
“Another case of mistaken identity in a sending off in today’s game at the Etihad,” Carragher posted.
“Referees need help! We need technology in the biggest sport in the world!! How long do we have to wait?
“Goal line technology has helped the game but came too late. I would start with mistaken identity for red/yellow cards a monitor for the fourth official or the match assessor upstairs to help one of their colleagues.
“The referee must know from the players’ reaction he’s made a mistake but can’t be seen to change his decision – that must surely affect the rest of his performance?
“We can then see how far we can take technology but we have to start somewhere. West Brom won’t have anyone suspended now either!

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