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Hughes wants Euro refs in England

Mark Hughes
Six players have been sent off for Hughes' Blackburn this season (Getty)

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has revealed he would like to see the introduction of European referees in the Premier League.

Hughes believes the idea could improve respect for match officials.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "Maybe referees that ply their trade week-in, week-out become too familiar with certain players and certain teams.

"Inevitably it will cloud their judgement, so the option of European referees could possibly be looked at."

After viewing the refereeing performance of Dutchman Peter Vink during Arsenal's Champions League quarter-final, first leg against Liverpool, the Blackburn manager admitted he is more encouraged by the continental approach.

He said: "I think the first thing we said was how many cards would there have been in a Premier League game?

It's maybe a case that we introduce European referees to the Premier League

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes
"But, you saw the demeanour of the players. I think they accepted free-kicks and got on with it, so I thought it was a more refreshing game in that respect."

Hughes believes the idea of captains being the only players on the pitch to have verbal contact with referees may be worth trying.

"There has to be some barriers to who has the opportunity to speak to referees during the actual game," added Hughes.

"It's maybe a case that we should introduce European referees to the Premier League and our referees referee in other European countries."

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