Regardless of whether Roger East got the call right, he should be able to use technology on such a match-altering decision.
That’s what Hull City boss Steve Bruce is advocating after being asked about the “mistaken identity” red card given to Wes Brown over the weekend in Sunderland’s loss to Manchester United.
If you missed it, Brown got a piece of Radamel Falcao in the box after teammate John O’Shea fouled him. The latter tried to claim the red card after East showed it to Brown, to no avail.
[ MORE: Premier League Playback ]
The Football Association upheld Brown’s plea to overturn the red card, and the defender has been reinstated. And in his pre-match press conference, the Hull boss said East should’ve been allowed to go to the “tape”.
From the BBC:
“I was watching the rugby yesterday afternoon and the referee, before he awarded a try, stopped to speak to the video official before making his decision.
“With the technology we’ve got, the goal line technology, I can’t see the reason why the referee can’t go to the fourth official and say, ‘I’m undecided here about which one has committed the foul’.
“It was a foul, but he’s obviously got it wrong. If he can stop the game for four or five seconds to review the footage, it can get the right decision.”
It’s obviously going to take more than 4-5 seconds, but isn’t it worth getting right? In this case, it was a pair of defenders, but imagine if the mistake came in a season’s final match, with relegation on the line and a pivotal player sent off instead of a “lesser” teammate.
Hull takes on Sunderland, Bruce’s old club, on Tuesday.