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Roberto Martinez questions the Rooney rule

We don't need the Rooney rule in England, claims Wigan boss Martinez

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UPDATED:

14:47 GMT, 25 October 2012

Roberto Martinez has thrown his weight behind the PFA's new anti-racism initiative but insisted there is no need for a 'Rooney rule' to try and increase the quota of black managers in English football.

The Wigan manager welcomed a six-point plan that would make racism a sackable offence and is aimed at preventing disillusioned black players forming a breakaway body to tackle the problem.

But while he fully endorsed sanctions aimed at eradicating any lingering trace of racist abuse from the game, he was less sure that prejudice had any effect on managerial appointments.

Doubt: Martinez says there is no need to increase the quota of black managers

Doubt: Martinez says there is no need to increase the quota of black managers

The Rooney rule was introduced by the NFL in 2003 to ensure qualified black coaches were included on interview lists for job vacancies, and it features in the PFA's proposals.

But Martinez feels it may be an unnecessary part of a package of measures he otherwise supports wholeheartedly.

'I am very much in favour of what they are suggesting, in relation to racist conduct,' he said.

'As a football club, Wigan are very clear about this issue. Racism should not have any space in football, or any walk of life, for that matter.

'I support this 100 per cent and will be happy to help the authorities in any way I can. It is the responsibility of everyone within the game to make sure there are no instances, or even signs, of any racism. We want to stop it completely, and we have been very fortunate here, in never having had even a suggestion of it.

'But the Rooney rule I don't know about that. I don't think anyone has been stopped (from being appointed to a job) because of nationality or race. In my experience, whenever a job has come up, it has been a case of looking for the person who is best qualified to do it. When you consider a candidate, it is important to look at everything about them, not their race or nationality. I have never seen that as an issue.'

Euro 2012: Ukraine chief blasts Sol Campbell

Ukraine football chief blasts Campbell for 'back in a box' claim

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UPDATED:

15:54 GMT, 30 June 2012

The organisers of Euro 2012 have hit
back at the BBC's pre-tournament claims of fans being at danger of
racist thuggery in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

When shown footage of trouble that
flared up in the two countries, former England star Sol Campbell even
suggested supporters were at risk of 'coming back in a box'.

As it has turned out, there has been little trouble throughout the entire competition.

No joke: England fans make their point to Sol Campbell

No joke: England fans make their point to Sol Campbell

There were problems around Poland's group game with Russia, although that match had historical issues attached to it.

Indeed, the instances of racism were created by travelling fans, with Croatia, Spain and Russia all fined for the behaviour of their supporters.

It offered Ukraine football federation president Grygoriy Surkis the perfect platform from which to launch his counter-offensive.

'The best reply to the BBC and Sol Campbell, who declared that there was racism in Ukraine and maybe fans wouldn't go back to England was, I think, English fans who actually took the coffin out prior to the match in Donetsk,' said Surkis.

Hitting back: Ukrainian soccer chief Grygoriy Surkis hit back at racism jibes

Hitting back: Ukrainian soccer chief Grygoriy Surkis hit back at racism jibes

'What impresses me is that a person who has never been to Ukraine can give such commentary about the country.

'Yes, it is true, as an independent country Ukraine is only 20 years old.

'But it has made a huge contribution on infrastructure and made everything possible to be a reliable partner to UEFA for this tournament.'

A group of England fans paraded a mock coffin prior to the final pool match in Ukraine to show what they thought of Campbell's comments.

With no arrests amongst their travelling support, it has been one of the most peaceful tournaments for years.

Not my problem: Michel Platini won't get involved in disciplinary matters

Not my problem: Michel Platini won't get involved in disciplinary matters

Yet Michel Platini's comments about UEFA doing everything in their power to get rid of racism do not quite ring true with the fact that fines handed out for those incidents within stadiums were lower than the 80,000 fine handed out to Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner for ambush marketing when he lowered his shorts to reveal a Paddy Power logo following his goal against Portugal.

'You should ask the UEFA disciplinary committee,' said the UEFA president this lunchtime.

'Because they are an independent body and took their decision I shouldn't get involved.

'I might agree, I might not but I'm the UEFA president.

'I can do a lot at UEFA but I'm not going to interfere in the decision and that's it.'

Graham Poll: Technology can be good

Graham Poll: Technology can be good, but we must keep a lid on Pandora's Box

FIFA and the IFAB have been avoiding the introduction of any technology as they feared that once they approved the use of one aspect it would be like Pandora’s box.

Now they have been forced to accept the need for goal-line technology to assist with borderline goal/not goal situations, it will be fascinating to see how the pressure to review key decisions is handled.

Take this weekend as an example; as usual there were no instances where goal line technology would have been used but replays and reviews of decisions

Full marks: Luis Suarez was shown to have dived after being 'challenged' by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny at Anfield

Full marks: Luis Suarez was shown to have dived after being 'challenged' by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny at Anfield

Take Luis Suarez winning a penalty at Anfield when challenged by Wojciech Szczesny, the Arsenal goalkeeper. Watching the game live it looked a clear and easy penalty to give. Even from the partially blocked vantage point that referee Mark Halsey had it looked clear cut.

However, replays showed there was no contact and Szczesny had tried to get his legs out of the way of Liverpool's Uruguayan striker. A review could have corrected the penalty award and gained Suarez the yellow card his dive deserved.

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Move on to Sunday’s table top clash at
White Hart Lane when Emanuel Adebayor was adjudged to have deliberately
handled the ball before scoring what would have been the opening goal.
Replays proved that the ball had hit his hand but would a penalty have
been given against a defender in the same situation

In such circumstances unless the decision was clearly wrong it would not be altered and so the goal was unlikely to stand even with a review.

Earlier this week Mike Riley released the statistics that referees are getting a surprisingly high 92.3 per cent of decisions correct. If that is the case then why not review them.

In cricket the reviews highlight just how good the standing umpires are and as a result their credibility increases. It is also easy to see which are in the best form and which are not, and thus who merits the top appointments.

One problem would be determining which decisions can be reviewed without losing the fluidity of play which sets football apart from other sports.

At the Britannia, Norwich boss, Paul Lambert, insisted that a throw-in was pivotal in his teams defeat. What was clear was the confusion between referee and assistant. A quick referral would have resolved the situation in seconds.

Throwing a wobbly: Norwich City boss Paul Lambert was unhappy with a decision in the build up to Stoke's winner

Throwing a wobbly: Norwich City boss Paul Lambert was unhappy with a decision in the build up to Stoke's winner

The decision to refer must be with the pitch officials and the quest to increase the accuracy of decision making closer to 100 per cent is surely worth trying for, especially if officials gain credibility as a result.

For now though it will be interesting to see the introduction of goal-line technology, even if we have to wait until 2013 or 2014 for the scheme to be rolled out.

Good week for… Select group assistants who are finally gaining recognition for their superb decisions with offside situations. I watched all highlighted offsides this weekend and did not see one wrong call. These decisions are not easy at full speed and they are impressively accurate. Great stuff.

Bad week for… Doctor Savage! 5live summariser Robbie Savage went for a medical diagnosis of Mikel Arteta's injury which resulted in him being taken to hospital. That was nasty, he's either broken his ankle or done knee ligaments was Savage's view. In fact Arteta had concussion caused by being struck on the jaw.