Bruce calls for technology

Wigan boss frustrated by Boyce dismissal

Bruce: Frustrated

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Wigan manager Steve Bruce believes referees should have access to television replays.

Emmerson Boyce was sent off by Andre Marriner in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Newcastle despite appearing to win the ball in a challenge on Shola Ameobi.

To make matters worse for Wigan, they will have no right to appeal as the dismissal was for two yellow cards rather than a straight red.

Bruce claims that Marriner has admitted to making a mistake, but feels something needs to be done.

The Latics boss thinks the best solution would be to help referees by allowing them to use technology for important decisions.

"I would like to thank Mr Marriner for taking the time to look at Saturday's decision and I admire him for admitting that he made an error," said Bruce.


"But what good does it do us? When Emmerson was sent off we were comfortably in the lead and I honestly believe that we would have gone on to win the game.

"But instead we have to play the last 35 minutes with 10 men against Newcastle at St James' Park and now Boycey will also miss next week's game against Everton.

"The rules are ridiculous, referees have a really difficult job and it's far too often that we are talking about them after games.

"In the time it took for Boycey to be sent off a fourth official or someone in the stands could have watched the replay from different angles and a judgment made from there and relayed to the referee."

Bruce does not feel such a system would provide any problems for officials.

He said: "I don't believe this takes any authority away from the referee but on the contrary, it empowers him to be confident that the correct decision has been made.

"Obviously I am only talking about major decisions: penalties, balls crossing the goal line and sending offs.

"The biggest problem, and what I find most frustrating, is that we have no right to appeal."


Meanwhile, Wigan have confirmed they will be investigating an incident involving Lee Cattermole on Saturday night.

The midfielder was given a fixed penalty ticket for a public order offence outside a nightclub in Teesside.