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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton feels more technology to control matches is ‘inevitable’

Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh is restrained by Norwich players after an altercation with Wes Hoolahan, while referee Mike Dean looks on at Selhurst Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Crystal Palace's Marouane Chamakh is restrained by Norwich players after an altercation with Wes Hoolahan, while referee Mike Dean looks on at Selhurst Park. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Chris Hughton believes it is ‘inevitable’ technology will play a bigger role in football after Crystal Palace’s Marouane Chamakh escaped a red card in Norwich City’s New Year’s Day 1-1 Premier League draw at Selhurst Park.

Chamakh was booked, along with Wes Hoolahan, for an altercation where the Eagles’ frontman grabbed the City midfielder around the throat.

Hughton, pictured, was adamant Chamakh should have been sent off just before half-time, which could have tipped a tight contest firmly in Norwich’s favour.

The Premier League broke new ground this season with the adoption of goal line technology but Hughton feels referees need more help for key moments.

“I think it is inevitable at some stage that it will happen for major decisions,” he said. “The question is when. Most in the game are a little bit guarded about how far that technology should go because something like a penalty appeal or an incident outside the box can affect the flow of the game. I felt the referee had a good view of the incident. Considering the conditions I thought the referee was in and around all the major decisions very quickly.

“He was in a good position to give their penalty and to send Leroy Fer off. He was in close enough proximity for those decisions, as he was for the Chamakh incident, when he should have been sent off. He chose not to. Palace would have had to play 50 odd minutes with 10 men and that is something you feel would have benefited us.”

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