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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 November 2006, 14:34 GMT
Premier League wants video help
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes is an advocate of video technology
Premier League referees' chief Keith Hackett will present a document to football's world law-making body next year on the benefits of video replays.

Initially it would just be to judge whether or not a ball had crossed the line but it is hoped it could be used to help with other incidents.

"We want to open a debate to see where video technology could be used," said Premier League spokesman Dan Johnson.

"Referees are the men in charge. We want to empower, not emasculate them."

Following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham, Blackburn boss Mark Hughes said he had come round to the opinion that technology should be introducted to help officials.

One of the greatest attractions of football over almost any other sport is that it's almost non-stop action

David Elleray

He welcomed the news Hackett was taking up the cause.

"Because of the importance of the games we are involved in and the importance of getting the big decisions right it is a natural progression," he said.

"It has to be introduced. There are natural breaks in the game that allow key decisions to be made correctly."

Former top referee David Elleray has warned that an undermining of respect for officials risks "killing football".

But despite the fact it would help cut down on referees' mistakes, he does not favour using video technology, saying it spoils the drama and flow of a match.

606: DEBATE
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"There is a school of thought which says that human error is part of sport and constant holding up of the game to review decisions is difficult and would spoil the flow," he said.

"One of the greatest attractions of football over almost any other sport is that it's almost non-stop action.

"I went to Twickenham the other day to watch quite an exciting rugby game, but it was constantly stopping, not least for video referee decisions."

SEE ALSO
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Fifa opposes referee video aids
28 Oct 05 |  Football
Referees want to use technology
24 Oct 05 |  Premiership
SFA considers goal-line evidence
05 Jan 05 |  Football
Linesman defends disallowed goal
05 Jan 05 |  Football


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