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FA chairman Dyke calls for video technology in football

FA chairman Greg Dyke has expressed his support for the use of video technology in football and admits that it can reduce the intense pressure on match officials.

Video technology has been an issue of great debate in football lately due to some high profile errors from referees.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's red card for Paris Saint-Germain against Chelsea sparked a great outrage in the football world and then on Saturday, referee Neil Swarbrick sent off West Brom's Gareth McAuley instead of Craig Dawson against Manchester City in a case of mistaken identity.

Dyke has backed the use of video technology in football for a long time and points out that it would also help in improving the level of discipline and respect towards referees.

"The first speech I ever made in this job talked about video technology," he said. "In 20 years' time we'll say, 'wasn't it quaint we didn't use video technology?'.

"Even when we discussed it at IFAB (International Football Association Board), the ones who were most against it accept it's going to happen. If we're going to do it some time, why don't we do it now?

"We are 100 percent behind it at the FA. I suspect we would quite like to do an experiment. But you'd have to get that through IFAB and at IFAB FIFA it's got four votes. It's going to come, it's only a matter of when.

"I personally would start quite gradually. I would do game-changing moments - goals, sendings off and penalties. Possibly offsides. The Dutch have got a system that can tell you instantly about offsides. It's only a matter of time.

"We've got to start doing this just to help referees. In a world of 35 cameras covering most games, it's a bloody tough job.

"We saw some statistics that showed there had been a big increase this season in crowding round referees. It would be interesting to see from the publicity last week if it goes away a bit.

"I don't make those rules but we could go back into the system and ask them what we could do to make things tougher. There is a real problem. If you look at the last three or four years, it's all at one level and then it suddenly goes up."

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