Video technology must be introduced to help officials, says Dwight Yorke
Dwight Yorke demanded video technology be used in the Premier League after a contentious day in Wigan.
Last Updated: 17/03/13 8:22pm
Arouna Kone poked in a stoppage-time decider to secure relegation-threatened Athletic a 2-1 victory at the DW Stadium, but the visiting Magpies were left angered after Latics defender Maynor Figueroa appeared to handle the ball in the build-up.
Plus, earlier in the game, Wigan forward Callum McManaman went unpunished for a horrendous challenge on Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara that resulted in the Frenchman being taken to hospital and sparked a multi-man scuffle at the half-time interval.
Yorke watched the drama unfold in the Sky Sports studio in the company of former Manchester United striker partner Andy Cole and says machinery must be put into use to help officials make the correct decisions.
"We should be talking about a very competitive game but we are talking about referees and linesmen making the wrong calls, ones that have cost Newcastle the game," said Yorke. "The sooner technology comes in the better, as it will ease the pressure on everybody."
"Newcastle played very well and when they equalised they looked the most likely side to go on and win the game, even though they were missing the final part of the attack, so to lose the game in the manner that they did was pretty heart-breaking."
On the McManaman challenge, which referee Mark Halsey told Magpies chief Alan Pardew he did not witness, and Cole described as "absolutely shocking", Yorke added: "The tackle was a career-threatening one and there is no legislation for challenges like that in the game.
"We have to give the benefit of the doubt to Halsey, though, and say that if he missed it is because he was blocked (by Toon defender Yanga-Mbiwa) because it is clearly a straight red."
Wigan's triumph moves them to within three points of 17th-placed Aston Villa and Cole believes Roberto Martinez's charges, who won seven of their final nine games of last season to soar to safety, could escape again.
But Yorke fears for his former club Sunderland, who are just four points above the drop zone and six matches without a victory after only mustering a home draw with 10-man Norwich in Sunday's other Sky Live encounter.
"Reading and QPR are going to have a real tough battle looking at the number of points that they have got, but it's March and it means it's Wigan's time of the season," said Cole. "They are up and down for six months and great for three."
Yorke added: "Sunderland have been sucked back into it and their next three games - at home to Man United and away to Chelsea and Newcastle - are really tough.
"They had a great opportunity against Norwich, even more so when they had a man advantage, but they missed out.
"The race for the top four is interesting, too, as Tottenham missed an opportunity to cash-in today (Sunday) by losing at home to Fulham, but Chelsea got three points by beating West Ham.
"It will be exciting and there will be twists and turns throughout the Premier League - except at the very top, where Man United have the title wrapped up."