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Dallas appointed as SFA's Head of Referee Development

Former referee Hugh Dallas has taken over from Donald McVicar as the SFA's Head of Referee Development and pledged to be more open over decisions. He said: "I'm all for anything that makes life easier for referees. But I also understand that the fans who pay to watch the game deserve to have big decisions explained as soon as possible after they happen.

"I've agreed with the SFA that I'll watch any controversial moments and then release a statement concerning them on a Saturday night.

"We need a buffer between the referees and the public because match officials are being hung out to dry.

"I appreciate the need for greater clarity but I won't be able to comment on disciplinary matters that could involve an appeal being lodged with the SFA."

Dallas has nothing against a scientific approach, other than the cost of using it.

He said: "We're living through a turbulent period, financially speaking. I'm all for fact and not opinion where big calls are concerned, but I do wonder if I will see goal-line technology introduced because it's too expensive to buy."

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