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Bolton skipper Nolan calls for video replays

Bolton skipper Kevin Nolan believes that the time has come to introduce video technology for major decisions.

Nolan, battling to be fit for Sunday's relegation six-pointer at Wigan, told the Manchester Evening News that referees need help.

But he also feels assistant refs should have some of their power taken away.

"I know it's a tough job for the referees," agreed Nolan.

"However, something needs to be done to help them because the game is so quick at the moment.

"A lot of referees are getting major decisions wrong. It's not their fault because they're as fit as they can be.

"And you have got lads who can go down off a little tap and get a penalty. I'm not asking for every decision to go for video analysis.

"But I would like to see referees getting some help because mistakes are being made that can change your season.

"To be honest, I really feel the assistant refs should just go back to running the line, doing throws and offsides. That way you don't have three brains trying to work as one.

"I have been on pitch when an assistant referee has given a free-kick.

"I know it's not a free-kick, the ref knows it's not a free-kick but because the assistant is waving is flag as though someone has just pole-axed him, what can he do?

"In my view, assistant referees shouldn't even give penalties."

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