Hodgson worried by video impact

West Brom manager concerned for referees

Last Updated: 16/09/11 12:17pm

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Roy Hodgson feels using video evidence for retrospective punishment is piling more pressure on referees and diminishing the potency of their authority.

West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas was slapped with a three-match ban after he appeared to catch James Vaughan with his elbow.

The incident went unseen by referee Mark Halsey but was later punished by the Football Association after they reviewed the footage.

The former Liverpool manager has accepted the incident does look bad but believes punishment after the event corrodes at the power of referees.

"There's no doubt it's going to make the refereeing job harder and harder, it's going to make the job of the assessors more and more powerful."
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Hodgson said: "It's hard enough to be a referee anyway with all of the things that go on in the game of football and all of the decisions that you have to make in a split second, if afterwards, people are going to confront you with loads of things on video that happened in the game that you may or may not have seen.

"It's trial by video evidence isn't it? It just opens up the door for an endless stream really.

"There's no doubt it's going to make the refereeing job harder and harder, it's going to make the job of the assessors more and more powerful.

"It will raise to some extent questions, sometimes, about delgates and assessors, such as are they local people seeing things with local eyes, or are they as neutral as we hope the referees will be?"

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