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Blackburn boss Hughes demands video technology

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes believes FIFA's argument for not introducing technology into the game is "starting to wear a bit thin".

Hughes has always been a supporter of technological advances, insisting football needs to be brought into the 21st century.

Cricket and both codes of rugby employ video referees to rule on crucial decisions either missed by the match officials, or which are unclear at first glance.

That was case in point on Sunday with Birmingham boss Steve Bruce accusing an assistant official of a major blunder in his side's 2-1 defeat to Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Bruce was fuming that a Gary McSheffrey 'goal' was disallowed for offside.

It was a crucial decision because within 30 seconds Rovers were awarded a legitimate penalty that led to them taking a 2-0 lead.

"I've said in the past that goal-line technology should have been brought in years ago," remarked Hughes.

"FIFA are the guardians of the game, and on the courses I've been on and conferences I've attended, they say that because it cannot be introduced at all levels, it's wrong to introduce it just in the top level.

"I think maybe that argument is wearing a bit thin now.

"If there's a natural break in play when a goal is scored, then maybe there is a case for rewinding and seeing if it is a valid goal.

"Maybe that's the case with offside, but then how far do you go back?

"You have to be careful when you start rewinding for things and there isn't a natural break in the game, because then it starts to fundamentally change the game."

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