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Bruce - Give refs a hand

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Wigan manager Steve Bruce believes referees should have access to television replays to prevent mistakes, particularly ones which have a knock-on effect in disciplinary terms with no right of appeal.

Bruce was fuming after Emmerson Boyce was sent off by Andre Marriner for a second yellow card at Newcastle on Saturday when the defender clearly won the ball. Subsequently Wigan, who were winning 1-0 at the time of the sending off but went on to draw 2-2, have no right of appeal as the dismissal was for two cautions and not a straight red card.

Bruce, who said Marriner had admitted he made a mistake, has aired his grievances with referees' chief Keith Hackett and said: "The rules are ridiculous, referees have a really difficult job and it's far too often that we are talking about them after games."

He added: "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.

"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.

"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.

"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."

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