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FA to lobby use of video replays for refs

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke will push for trials of video replays to help referees this week when the game's law-makers meet in Belfast, reports Sporting Life. The International FA Board (IFAB) will hear details of a trial by the Dutch FA (KNVB) where a video assistant watches a match on television and liaises with the referee via a headset.

Dyke is expected to give his support at the meeting of IFAB, which is made up of FIFA and the four home nations.

Dyke said: "I believe we will look back in 20 years' time and say, 'Wasn't it quaint that we didn't use the available technology to help referees'.

"I think the referees themselves are now up for trying it out somewhere. Slowly and gradually it needs to be done, as you could disrupt the game completely if you are not careful.

"The Dutch also say they have something which can tell you offsides instantly which could be useful.

"I hope it will be agreed that we can have a big trial of it somewhere - but we won't put forward the Premier League."

The KNVB said findings to date suggested an average of two or three crucial incidents per game are suitable for video referral, with decisions typically possible in a time-frame of five to 20 seconds.

KNVB spokesman Koen Adriaanse said: "We are supporters of technology to assist referees in the decision-making process and our first experiences are positive. We believe that a video assistant can support a referee in order to make more correct decisions.

"It is only for us in decisive situations - penalties, fouls before goals, red cards - and it is not only there to show wrong decisions, but also to support the referee in decisions that are right."

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