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Sam Allardyce calls for instant replays

Big Sam calls for instant replays after referee blunders mar Everton clash



22:00 GMT, 23 December 2012

Seeing red: Allardyce

Seeing red: Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has called for technology allowing managers to appeal decisions instantly during matches to be introduced and blasted senior figures in football for their ‘antiquated’ approach to the game.

West Ham and Everton will on Monday appeal against the straight red cards given to Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson by referee Anthony Taylor for similar challenges on Saturday.

Both players were sent off for raised feet but neither Allardyce nor David Moyes agreed with the decisions.

The referee’s actions were considered so poor even the home fans booed when Gibson was shown the second red card in injury time.

But it had a much greater impact on West
Ham who went ahead through Cole’s early strike but lost him in the 67th
minute. Three minutes previously Victor Anichebe had headed Everton
level and the numerical advantage helped the away side nick the game
through Steven Pienaar’s scrappy winner.

When asked if he would like a system similar to cricket or tennis where they can appeal decisions instantly and have replays looked at and decisions overturned, Allardyce replied: ‘Yes – the technology today means it’s done in less than two minutes at the absolute most. We used to have two TVs in the dugout. It used to be a big help with referee decisions.

Harsh call: Carlton Cole is given his marching orders

Harsh call: Carlton Cole is given his marching orders

‘The only way to make it better for us all is to bring technology into it. I’ve always said two or three challenges would be in our favour if we were allowed it. Forget about Platinis who are antiquated. I know they’re in strong positions and they affect the game, but they’re not doing us any favours by not allowing technology into the game. They affect the result. There’s 65million coming next year [if we stay in the Premier League].’

Allardyce spoke to Taylor after the match, an official he complained about to Premier League referee chiefs in 2010 when he was managing Blackburn Rovers in a match against Fulham. The Hammers boss watched replays of the incidents on a laptop straight after the match but Taylor could not review his decisions.

And Allardyce said: ‘Unfortunately [the referee] hasn’t got that privilege so it’s hard for him. He can only go from what he can remember from a split decision. It’s very difficult for him to explain why he did it and what he saw.

Double trouble: Taylor also sent off Everton's Gibson

Double trouble: Taylor also sent off Everton's Gibson

‘The referee’s should have their own laptop in their room. Then he could have a better discussion about decisions. And then move. But at the end of the day you can go and see him and it’s not going to make any difference.’

West Ham were already short of options in attack before the match and Allardyce is now relieved their Boxing Day fixture against Arsenal is postponed due to a planned Tube strike.

The 58-year-old added: ‘I haven’t got a team to play Arsenal, so it’s worked out all right in the end. We’ll count up the bodies [today], do no training and see how packed the medical room is. Losing Cole him for three games would be a severe blow which we can’t cope with.’



Players can make three unsuccessful
appeals per set and get an extra one if it goes into a tie-breaker. They
have to appeal straight away to the umpire and Hawk-Eye replays
accurately a virtual version of what happened. If an appeal is
successful, it does not use up their quota. Out of the four major
tournaments only the French Open does not adopt the system because the
ball leaves marks in the clay.


The umpire Decision Review System was
first introduced in 2009 and allows both teams to make two unsuccessful
reviews of incidents per innings. A third umpire then watches video
replays and has access to technology, including Hawk-Eye, to make a
decision. Regardless of appeals the umpire can also refer to the third
umpire at any time for assistance.


Each manager could be allowed three
unsuccessful appeals per match, with an added appeal if a game goes into
extra time. A manager would have to appeal the decision straight after
it happened and the referee – who is already connected to the other
officials in the match with microphones and headsets – could refer to
another official with access to video replays and technology.

Watford 1 Middlesbrough 2 – match report

Watford 1 Boro 1: Sub McDonald punishes Hornets after Vydra sees red



16:41 GMT, 6 October 2012

Scott McDonald came off the bench to score the winner as Middlesbrough defeated 10-man Watford in the npower Championship clash at Vicarage Road.

The Australian, who held clear-the-air talks with manager Tony Mowbray earlier this week after not figuring all season in the senior set-up, struck with 13 minutes remaining to give Boro their first triumph in three matches.

The Hornets made a fantastic start as Troy Deeney notched his second goal in three matches in the first minute after a horrendous defensive error from Andre Bikey.

Aussie rules: Scott McDonald came off the bench to score the winner for Boro

Aussie rules: Scott McDonald came off the bench to score the winner for Boro


Watford: Almunia, Pudil, Neuton (Murray 81), Hall, Cassetti, Hogg, Abdi (Yeates 68), Hoban, Chalobah, Deeney (Geijo 57), Vydra. Subs Not Used: Bond, Doyley, Smith, Ekstrand.

Sent Off: Vydra (43).

Goals: Deeney 1.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte (McDonald 39), Bikey, McManus, Friend, Leadbitter, Bailey, McEachran, Haroun (Ledesma 65), Emnes, Jutkiewicz (Luke Williams 76). Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Hines, Halliday, Smallwood.

Booked: McEachran, Ledesma.

Goals: Emnes 30,McDonald 77.

Attendance: 12,006

Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire)

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Matej Vydra – returning in place of
the suspended Fernando Forestieri – had a shot blocked and then hit the
bar, but Watford failed to make their dominance count as fit-again
Marvin Emnes levelled after 30 minutes with his third goal of the

Two minutes before half-time,
Gianfranco Zola saw his side controversially reduced to 10 men for the
second successive match as Vydra was surprisingly given his marching
orders by referee Steven Rushton for an apparent stamp on Nicky Bailey.

And Boro made their numerical
advantage count deep into the second half when McDonald, a 39th-minute
substitute for the injured Justin Hoyte, converted from 12 yards to end
Watford's two-match winning streak.

The hosts wasted little time in
breaking the deadlock as Vydra, who has four goals to his name this
season, intercepted a short backpass from Bikey and after his shot was
parried out by Jason Steele, Deeney converted from close range.

Vydra was proving to be handful in the opening exchanges as Bikey had to block the striker's effort from 20 yards.

Daniel Pudil tested Steele from 20
yards before Vydra lashed a shot from a tight angle which clipped the
crossbar as the Hornets continued to dominate.

However, Watford failed to build on their impressive start as Boro equalised thanks to the returning Emnes.

Manuel Almunia tipped George Friend's
effort round the post and, from Grant Leadbitter's resulting corner,
Emnes turned and found the net from six yards.

With their next attack, Josh
McEachran brought the best out of former Arsenal goalkeeper Almunia, who
superbly kept out the on-loan Chelsea midfielder's 25-yard shot.

The Hornets were rocked after 43
minutes as the lively Vydra was shown a red card for a clash with
Bailey, which looked to have no malice in it.

The home side came out after the
break fired up and Steele had to push away a 25-yard free-kick from
Almen Abdi, who then delivered a ball into the box and Deeney headed
over from close range.

Bikey almost headed Boro ahead, only
to miss the target from six yards, while Almunia had to be at his best
to deny Leadbitter from 25 yards.

Boro finally went in front after 77 minutes when McDonald struck from 12 yards and the visitors held on for the three points.

Six Nations 2012 – Italy 13 Scotland 6: Azzurri condemn try-shy Scots to wooden spoon

Italy 13 Scotland 6: Robinson's try-shy Scots condemned to wooden spoon



15:48 GMT, 17 March 2012

Scotland suffered the ignominy an RBS 6 Nations whitewash and the wooden spoon after Italy inflicted a seventh successive defeat on Andy Robinson's side in Rome.

In what could be the final game for head coach Robinson, Scotland contributed significantly to their own downfall in an error-strewn display at the Stadio Olimpico as Nick De Luca and Jim Hamilton were sin-binned.

Mirco Bergamasco kicked a penalty, Giovanbattista Venditti crossed for a converted try in De Luca's absence and Kristopher Burton added a drop goal after 77 minutes as Italy triumphed.

Celebration: Giovambattista Venditti celebrates after touching down

Celebration: Giovambattista Venditti celebrates after touching down


Italy: A Masi; G Venditti, T Benvenuti, G Canale, M Bergamasco; K Burton, E Gori; A Lo Cicero, L Ghiraldini, M Castrogiovanni, Q Geldenhuys, M Bortolami, A Zanni, R Barbieri, S Parisse (capt).

Replacements: T D'Apice, L Cittadini, J Furno, S Favaro, M Vosawai, T Botes, G Toniolatti.

Scotland: S Hogg; M Evans, N De Luca, G Morrison, S Lamont; G Laidlaw, M Blair; A Jacobsen, R Ford (capt), G Cross, R Gray, J Hamilton, J Barclay, R Rennie, D Denton.

Replacements: S Lawson, E Murray, A Kellock, R Vernon, C Cusiter, R Jackson, J Cuthbert.

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland).

Alessandro Zanni was shown a yellow
card in the final quarter, but Scotland could not capitalise on their
numerical advantage and their only points in an incoherent and
indisciplined performance came through two Greig Laidlaw penalties.

Robinson is contracted until the 2015
World Cup but may believe he has taken Scotland as far as possible
following two wins in 15 Six Nations matches – each coming on the final
weekend of the championship in the past two years – and the worst
sequence of results since 1998.

There were few positives the former
Bath and England boss could grasp at as his side remained without a
victory since the September 14 defeat of Georgia at a World Cup Scotland
exited from the group stages for the first time.

Scotland and Italy have been
perennial rivals to avoid the wooden spoon and if ever there was an
advert for relegation from the Six Nations – with World Cup sides
Georgia, Russia and Romania among those vying for inclusion – this was

Dejection: Ross Ford and Mike Blair show the pain of defeat

Dejection: Ross Ford and Mike Blair show the pain of defeat

Robinson kept faith with the players
who had featured in the four previous losses and made two enforced
changes following the 32-14 defeat to Ireland – the second after an
injury in the warm-up for the second straight week. De Luca, a late
withdrawal in Dublin, returned at centre for the concussed Lee Jones,
with loosehead prop Allan Jacobsen missing out on his 65th cap after
suffering an injury in the moments before kick-off.

Glasgow Warriors' Jon Welsh made his
debut in place of Scotland's most-capped prop and against revered
Leicester tighthead Martin Castrogiovanni, who was one of seven changes
for the Azzurri and finished as man of the match.

Stopped in his tracks: Richie Gray halts Martin Castrogiovanni's run

Stopped in his tracks: Richie Gray halts Martin Castrogiovanni's run

Italy opened with purpose, spreading
the ball wide, but Scotland began nervously with numerous errors and the
concession of penalties.

Castrogiovanni, returning from a rib
injury, set to work on Welsh early on, helping Italy establish forward
momentum and Bergamasco kicked a penalty after lock Hamilton strayed

The Italy wing missed a more
straightforward attempt at goal after David Denton was isolated breaking
off a scrum and held on to concede a penalty, which was marched 10
metres further forward by referee Alain Rolland after dissent from the

John Barclay foiled a Burton drop-goal attempt before, after 35 minutes, Scotland made forward progress.

Scotland's scrum advanced from
halfway and the hosts crumbled, with Laidlaw kicking the visitors level
from just inside the Italy half.

High ball: Sergio Parisse and Stuart Hogg challenge

High ball: Sergio Parisse and Stuart Hogg challenge

A Richie Gray knock-on at the restart
immediately handed Italy possession and De Luca was sin-binned for
kicking the ball out of scrum-half Edoardo Gori's hand.

Scotland, though, were handed a reprieve as Bergamasco again failed to strike his kick cleanly.
The hosts spread the ball right and left looking for an opening early in
the second period and Venditti found one, bursting through a Stuart
Hogg tackle to touch down with Burton converting.

Laidlaw was off-target with a
Scotland penalty from the touchline after Italy turned the ball over at
the restart and De Luca returned after seven points were conceded in his

Tighthead Euan Murray was introduced
for Geoff Cross and Gray made way for Alastair Kellock, but as soon as
the former captain was introduced, Hamilton was sent to the sin-bin for
an indiscretion at the line-out.

Kellock was pulled down by Zanni at a line-out, allowing Laidlaw to cut the deficit to four points with 20 minutes remaining.

Party time: Martin Castrogiovanni

Party time: Kristopher Burton celebrates with Giulio Toniolatti

Party time: Castrogiovanni (left) celebrates as Kristopher Burton salutes his drop goal with Giulio Toniolatti

As Hamilton returned, he swapped places with flanker Zanni, who was shown a yellow card for going off his feet at the ruck.

Robinson made a late change in an effort to turn the momentum in Scotland's favour, introducing Ruaridh Jackson for Laidlaw.

But fly-half Jackson could only watch
as Scotland's struggles continued and Burton kicked the hosts seven
points ahead with three minutes remaining.

Scotland required a converted try to
salvage a draw but again lost possession to allow Italy to see out the
final seconds and celebrate their first win at the Stadio Olimpico.

Graham Poll: Stephen Hunt wrong on Nenad Milijas

Hunt”s comments on Milijas affair show the game is in sorry state

Stephen Hunt has said that his Wolves team-mates need to wise up and be better at surrounding referees to influence their decisions.

His comments are irritating, annoying and typify all that is wrong with the English game.

Complaining after his team-mate Nenad Milijas was sent off at Arsenal this week, he said: ‘Players are clever and the reactions sometimes do not help referees. Everyone does it now. We should maybe be better at it. We should have been surrounding the ref.’

Marching orders: Stuart Attwell sends off Nenad Milijas against Arsenal

Marching orders: Stuart Attwell sends off Nenad Milijas against Arsenal

Not helpful and not correct, Stephen. Teams should not be surrounding referees but I can understand why you mistakenly think they ought to.

Premier League football is win at all costs. Wolves need every point in their relegation battle. If they can gain or save numerical advantage by harassing the referee, I can see why they would want to do that. Unfortunately, players are able to get away with it.

It is an offence for three or more players to surround the referee. That is fact, not opinion, and match delegates are supposed to report those incidents and punishment from the FA should follow. This is not happening enough.

Bad call: Leon Osman was awarded a penalty after he tripped himself in the box

Bad call: Leon Osman was awarded a penalty after he tripped himself in the box

When a player feels the slightest contact he goes to ground and it is technically a foul. The referee’s duty is to apply the law. What other choice does he have but to blow for a free-kick Once a foul has been committed, team-mates of the victim crowd around the referee demanding a red or yellow card.

Referees must also share some of the blame. Howard Webb was incorrect in awarding a penalty to Everton after Leon Osman stubbed his foot.

Osman was being pursued by bad boy Lee Cattermole, so was Webb’s decision making prejudiced

The game is in a sorry state. It is increasingly difficult to say what is fair, foul, excessive or acceptable.