West Brom's Tony Pulis Champions Video Technology & 'Manager Review System' for Premier League

Marcus Parekh
90Min

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has joined the growing list of managers to call for the introduction of video technology in football.

The former Stoke boss has welcomed the possibility of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) being trialled in the FA Cup third round next season, but wants the changes to go further, advocating for managers to be given one review per half.

The VAR, similar to a Television Match Official (TMO) in rugby union, will be permitted to assist match referees when there are clear-cut decisions in four separate situations: for irregularities in the case of a goal decision, penalty calls, red card offences unnoticed by the referee, and in cases of mistaken identity over a yellow or red card.

Former Premier League referee and technical director for the International Football Association Board (IFAB) David Elleray called the decision "historic" but Pulis wants to go further and introduce a challenge system.

Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Pulis said: ​ "Refs in this country if they make mistakes they're honest mistakes.  Everyone in life makes mistakes.

"On video technology, I've always said managers should have a call in every half on the big decisions.  There has to be a mechanism to help refs. Big decisions are the ones we debate more than anything."


Pulis was speaking ahead of his side's home clash against Arsenal on Sunday. Pulis also discussed Jake Livermore's call-up to Gareth Southgate's England squad. Should he play, Livermore will be the first Baggies player to represent his country since Steve Hunt in 1984.

"Jake Livermore's call-up is brilliant," Pulis said. "I hope he can push on now and get a real identity about his game.

"He's got all the tools to be a very good player. His call-up is good for everyone. The lad, his family, the players and the club.  It's been a long time since we've had a player in the full international squad".


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