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Wigan chairman Whelan says Premier League must break away from FIFA

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says the Premier League should break away from FIFA over video technology.

Referees' chief Mike Riley has apologised to Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, but after a weekend when Shaun Derry was sent off for QPR and then had his one-match ban for a debatable foul on Ashley Young - who was also offside - upheld, but Mario Balotelli escaped any sanction for a woeful challenge on Arsenal's Alex Song, Whelan has decided it is time for the FA to act.

"Referees cannot be right 100% of the time," Whelan told Sky Sports News. "They need help desperately. Had the referee been able to ask if there was anything wrong with the goal he gets the information.

"I don't understand why we don't break away from FIFA on rules like this and say we are going to turn to technology.

"We have to say to Mr Blatter, whatever you say, the Premier League will help our officials with more technology.

"Tell them, quite simply. Tennis, cricket, rugby, rugby league. Why not football? Why can't we get the decisions 99.9% correct."

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