Gray calls for video ref
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Michael Gray has thrown his weight behind the call to use video technology in football.
Blackburn Rovers left back Michael Gray has thrown his weight behind the call to introduce video technology in football.
Gray's Rovers were on the receiving end of a controversial decision from referee Phil Dowd to send off Tugay against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday - an incident which sparked fresh debate on the possible use of video replays to aid officials.
The Premier League revealed on Monday they would be lobbying Fifa to employ the use of goalline technology and Gray believes it is high time technology was used.
"It's about time we relied on the extra eye in the stand. Other sports like rugby and cricket have video refs - why not us?" said Gray.
"If we'd used the video evidence for the Tugay incident it wouldn't have taken any longer to get a verdict than it did for the referee to consult his linesman.
"We've seen the replays and we think it shows it wasn't a penalty because the guy just tripped over Tugay's trailing leg. There was no intent.
"The problem is that football is so fast these days you can't always keep up with what's going on with just the naked eye. Every Premiership match is televised, so let's use the cameras to our advantage."