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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 April 2007, 13:04 GMT 14:04 UK
Poll praised for handling of Song
Steve Sidwell and Alexandre Song are parted by referee Graham Poll
Poll (right) tries to separate Sidwell and Song
Graham Poll has been backed by the Premier League and Charlton boss Alan Pardew for preventing Alexandre Song from being sent off against Reading.

Referee Poll gave Pardew the chance to substitute Song during Monday's game before he earned a second caution.

A Premier League spokesman said: "It has got to be beneficial to the game that referees keep team captains and management aware of any issues."

And Pardew said: "Full credit to the referee. He did the right thing."

Song, on loan from Arsenal, had been shown a yellow card for a rash challenge on Steve Sidwell during the first half.

And Pardew had been to see Poll during the break to ask for a "signal" should the young Cameroon player walk the tightrope again.

Pardew claimed he received such a signal and subsequently substituted the midfielder.

The Addicks boss added: "I went to see Graham Poll at half-time and I said to him 'I need to have some signal if it is getting close', and he sent me that signal, so Alex had to come off.

"He gave me a look - which more or less said it all. The referee did the right thing - no-one wants to see a team go down to 10 men.

"And if there was that communication and a better relationship between us and the referees, then we would have far less incidents on the pitch."

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