Tuesday 19 November 2019

Poyet opposes TV replays despite Brown error

Referee Roger East sends-off Wes Brown during Sunderland's Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Referee Roger East sends-off Wes Brown during Sunderland's Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet fears video technology would make football "boring" despite defender Wes Brown having a red card rescinded.

During Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United, referee Roger East dismissed Brown (pictured) in error, as television pictures suggested John O'Shea had committed a foul on United striker Radamel Falcao. O'Shea also escaped punishment and Brown is now cleared to face Hull tonight.

However, Poyet is not in favour of the introduction of replays in games, which might have spared his team from having to play the final 25 minutes at Old Trafford with only 10 men.

He said: "Football is so nice because there are issues and there are ways of dealing with these situations, and we can comment and we can talk about it. If football becomes mathematics, like everything is going to be perfection, I think it's going to be a bit more boring, that's my opinion.

"Even then, there are going to be controversies somehow because I remember the Jozy Altidore penalty at Chelsea last year - I was listening to the television and the two pundits on TV were not agreeing after watching five replays, so how long are you going to delay a game? How many hours is a difficult game going to last?

"Goals are so important that it's something very nice now with the technology, but the rest, I would leave it like it is."

Irish Independent

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