Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore wary over more technology
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore does not want technology to have a dominant influence on football.
Last Updated: 28/03/14 10:46am
Scudamore's comments come in the wake of last weekend's incident where Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs was sent off by referee Andre Marriner by mistake.
Gibbs was dismissed after team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handled the ball in the Gunners' 6-0 defeat at Chelsea last week, despite the England winger telling Marriner that he was responsible for touching the ball.
Goal-line cameras were introduced for the start of this season, but Scudamore is wary of the increased use of technology despite Marriner's high-profile mistake that is reported to have devastated the 43-year-old.
"I'm not so sure just because of one incident we should be racing to advocate the use of all different forms of technology," said Scudamore.
"I think there is a discussion to be had about where you can use it for purely factual matters. If there are other purely factual situations there might be some room in terms of the use of technology, but you don't really want to change the essence of the game.
"We might well be behind in our desire to embrace technology in comparison to other sports but football is not behind in terms of its global appeal. We don't yet have an absolute formed view at the Premier League of what is the right and the next application."
The unusual circumstances of the incident at Stamford Bridge appear to have persuaded Scudamore that increased use of technology is not the answer.
"There were a whole load of things here that, in the first instance, happen so rarely and that, in the second instance, you would have thought that one of the four officials might have come up with a different outcome had things been given more consideration."
Marriner will take charge of Southampton game against Newcastle United at St Mary's on Saturday.