Thursday 21 September 2017

Premier League urged to help refs

Could video technology have created a different outcome for Nemanja Matic and Ashley Barnes?
Could video technology have created a different outcome for Nemanja Matic and Ashley Barnes?

The time is right for the Premier League to start using video replays to help referees, according to over 70 per cent of people in a survey.

Conducted by Usurv for Press Association Sport, 73 per cent of 1000 participants said they support the use of footage to ensure the right decisions are made.

Referees have been widely criticised after a series of errors this season with former chief Keith Hackett labelling standards after Christmas as 'disastrous'.

The performance of referees has come to the fore once again following Chelsea's match with Burnley at the weekend, with Martin Atkinson electing not to send off Ashley Barnes for for a studs-up challenge on Nemanja Matic and subsequently dismissing the Serb, who bundled Barnes to the ground in the aftermath.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho called it an "end of career tackle" and Atkinson will now not take charge of a game at the weekend.

It is the latest in a long line of decisions which may have been changed had the official been able to see replays after the incident.

Those 60 and over were more likely to support the use of video replay, with 79 per cent saying yes, while the 50-59-year-olds were more dubious with only 68 per cent keen for video replays.

Those in Yorkshire and Humber are keen for change with 78 per cent wanting replays to be introduced, while Londoners were more sceptical, with 65 per cent wanting replays.

:: We asked 1000 people - Is it time for video replays to be used in Premier League football?

Responses:

Yes - 73 per cent (727 responses)

No - 27 per cent (273 responses)

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