Nottingham Forest chief Sean O'Driscoll backs referees
SEAN O'Driscoll has launched an impassioned plea for referees to be given more support with video evidence – after seeing his Nottingham Forest side benefit from a dubious decision.
The Reds claimed a point at Leicester after Simon Cox converted a penalty the manager admitted, with remarkable honesty, should not have been given.
Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot after Zak Whitbread had slid in from behind on Billy Sharp – but appeared to have won the ball.
After being on the wrong side of several refereeing injustices himself this season, O'Driscoll says it is time for match officials to be given some support, both via video replays during games and through the assessors who sit in the stands to monitor their performance levels in games.
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"I am on the side of referees. I complain about them, I write reports about them and I am honest when I do," said O'Driscoll. "But I am on their side.
"They have a difficult job and we need to give them more support, rather than less support. You have a split second to make a decision, when you have seen an incident once.
"We have technology that can take that problem away from them. I don't understand it. Other sports do it without it being an issue.
"Why hasn't technology been brought in? The whole game is moving forward at an incredible pace. Yet we leave the decision making to one man who is looking at challenge after challenge.
"We don't give him any help, it is ridiculous. We played Derby and had a rookie referee, in a game that felt like a much bigger derby than this one.
"He had no help at half-time, he had nobody giving him advice or help. Why can't that happen? Why can't the assessor go and talk to the referee at half-time and say 'you need to do this, that or the other'?
"We talk to our players at half-time, we give them advice about the impact they are having on the game. We give them a kick up the backside or an arm around the shoulder.
"Nobody is allowed to do that with the referee. It is archaic. The game is a multi-million pound industry and this is a big part of it. But we don't do anything to help the referees."