Tuesday March 4 2014
Italian Coaches back TV assistance

A majority of high profile Coaches in Italy polled are in agreement over the introduction of video technology into the game.

The Corriere dello Sport have this week announced the results of a quick survey asking whether or not the Italian game would benefit from the use of ‘moviola’ - television images - to determine key decisions live.

The publication report that of the 25 tacticians they asked during yesterday’s assembly at the Panchina d’Oro at Coverciano, 16 showed they are in favour of bringing in technological assistance.

“We use television in other sports, why not in football, certainly I am very much in favour,” Milan boss Clarence Seedorf has offered.

Rudi Garcia has this week seen Daniele De Rossi handed a three-game ban thanks to video evidence, and he sees a contradiction to not using replays in game: “I ask myself and I ask you. In Italy, no-one wants to use TV images for replays, but then they disqualify players based on video evidence. Why?”

Lazio were eliminated in the Europa League by Ludogorets in a second leg result that saw the Bulgarians awarded a goal even as replays suggested the ball had not entirely crossed the line.

“The referees behind the penalty area have not solved the problem,” Edy Reja has considered.

“In line with the posts you would need a sensor to determine whether or not the ball had crossed the line.”

Not everyone was in agreement, however, with Vincenzo Montella proving the only Serie A Coach asked to say no to the suggestion, whilst Zdenek Zeman offered that: “It would be the end of football.”

In total, eight Coaches rejected the notion when put to them yesterday, whilst Sinisa Mihajlovic abstained: “I don’t know, what is the moviola?”

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