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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov, 28, 2006

Reed backing for video replays

Charlton Athletic boss Les Reed feels football should embrace modern technology and allow video replays to help referees make the right decision.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed instant goal-line systems, following further experimentation, could be ready for introduction at the Club World Championship in Tokyo next December.

The head of football's world governing body, however, maintained he had no intention of allowing matches to be halted for officials to 'look at what has happened' via an instant replay on a monitor.

Reed, 53, was technical director at the Football Association for two years from 2002 and helped work on the revolutionary ProZone player analysis system which has now become commonplace among Premiership clubs.

The recently-appointed Addicks head coach sees no reason why the technology which is already in place for sports such as rugby and cricket could not be adopted within football.

Reed said: 'It could be used for where there can be no doubt - like whether the ball has crossed the line or not.

'That could be done relatively easily.

'With situations like injuries and such, the game does stop for a reasonable amount of time anyway.

'I do not think it would take a lot to be able to make a fairly quick decision - especially with the technology which is available now, like that already used in both rugby and cricket.

'It would mean a bit of training for the officials in the stands, or whomever is looking at that television - but where it is very simple and easy to operate, it would be an obvious place to start.'

The Charlton manager added: 'If it is a question of whether or not a foul was inside or outside the penalty area, and you can get a clear camera angle, then why not take a couple of seconds to get that decision right?

'However, in areas where judgment is required, then you do need to be careful.'

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