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Last Updated: Monday, 20 November 2006, 07:51 GMT
Hughes demands video technology
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes
Hughes has seen his side concede seven penalties this season
Blackburn boss Mark Hughes says video technology needs to be introduced urgently for Premiership matches.

Hughes was critical of the performance of referee Phil Dowd in Sunday's draw with Tottenham and wants a meeting with referees' chief Keith Hackett.

"I've never been an advocate of technology but sooner rather than later they should bring it in," said Hughes.

"When huge decisions at the top level have an impact on teams, management and players then something has to be done."

Premiership referees have come under severe scrutiny in recent weeks, with Graham Poll's decisions in Chelsea's defeat to Spurs questioned by Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

And Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd was seething after his team's defeat to Portsmouth at the weekend, blaming referee Chris Foy for the awarding of a last-minute penalty.

The draw at Ewood Park featured two red cards and two penalty decisions that Hughes felt went against the hosts.

Tugay, who scored Blackburn's first-half goal, was dismissed for a foul on Hossam Ghaly that resulted in Tottenham's equaliser from the penalty spot.

It was the seventh spot-kick awarded against Rovers this season.

Soon after the home players were adamant that Spurs striker Mido had handled in the box at the other - something Hughes later claimed the Egyptian forward admitted to.

"The assistant is 15 yards away, and I am 120 yards away. I saw it, and everyone else did," said Hughes.

"These are big decisions that have a direct effect on the outcome of the game. On too many occasions this season, it has it happened to us.

"There are clear breaks in play whenever there is a penalty claim or a goal is scored.

Performance level is what we are all about - players, management and referees

Mark Hughes

"In that short period of time it can be established very quickly whether it was a genuine penalty kick or a genuine goal.

"It is important we highlight these things to the powers-that-be.

"Performance level is what we are all about - players, management and referees.

"Their performance has to be of the required standard.

"I do not think Mr Dowd would have been proud of his performance.

"Tugay did not make any contact. The guy lost his footing and has gone over. The referee is in a decent position to make a decision himself.

"We asked to speak to his assistant because we think he is going to overrule him.

"He comes back and ends up sending him off. We are scratching our heads."

It is the second match this month that has left Hughes angered by officials following the 2-0 loss at Aston Villa when a penalty set the hosts on their way to victory.

Tottenham boss Martin Jol was equally irritated by Ghaly's late sending off for a foul on Michael Gray.

"I know Hossam, and he never used his elbow," said the Dutchman. "He misjudged it. It was never intentional."

But confusion over whether Jol was himself sent-off was cleared up later when the Premier League confirmed Tottenham's manager had only been asked to stand away from the touchline.

Jol had thought he had been red-carded - and was planning to appeal against that - but was subsequently told he had not been officially sent off.



SEE ALSO
Blackburn 1-1 Tottenham
19 Nov 06 |  Premiership
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19 Nov 06 |  Football
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