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

07:00 04 January 2014

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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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  • At the end of the day it will or should always be down to the oppinion of one man, the referee. In this case he decided a yellow card was sufficient for the foul on Wes. Likewise, he decided that the lunging tackle made by Leroy was only worth a second yellow, I though many ref's may have seen that as a straight red so perhaps it balanced out. However, had CH made more positive substitutions, then perhaps we could have taken three points from this game with 11 v 11 on the pitch, we cannot reply on other teams getting men sent off to pick up points that is for sure.

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    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • No matter what ,the referees cannot win. They are at ground level and have a split second to make a decision. It is easy for the pundits to judge them. They have access to many cameras showing all angles, can slow it down, re run it at leisure. It would be a bad thing if such was used to second guess any decision by the referees. One noticeable thing is the lack of complaints from managers,coaches and players when the referees mistake is in their favour. Over the season, things always balance out.

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    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Why didn't the ref consult with the linesmen on this issue if he did not see exactly what happened - I don't think he even approached them? Also, does the 4th official have any input in situations like this?

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