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Solomons Calls For TV Ref 06/10/03
Santos' controversial exit from the Coca Cola Cup against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday has lead their coach, Boebie Solomons, to ask for the introduction of a TV referee.

The People's Team were knocked out of the lucrative competition by a blistering David Kannemeyer golden-goal free-kick in extra time, but should have already won the game if Enoch Radebe had not decided to ignore Santos' claims for a penalty after Arthur Zwane had clearly handled the ball on his own goal-line.

Speaking to the Cape Times, Solomons was feeling understandably hard done by.

"It's grossly unfair," he complained, "it's high time that football gets in line with rugby and cricket to allow for the use of television referees. It is the only way we are going to rid football of all forms of cheating."

The coach continued: "The game has to move forward with technology. We don't mind if a referee makes a genuine mistake. From where Radebe was positioned there was no way he could not have distinguished between the player's hand and his head."

Solomons is also concerned that the cheating by referees is becoming even more brazen and pointed out that bad decisions such as these can cost people jobs, or at least money.

He also suggested that referees are biased towards the so called "bigger clubs".

"Most referees are too scared to make crucial decisions against the big clubs. By the same token they flash red cards and dish out penalties at random against smaller clubs."

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