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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls chief Dave Jones puts refs in picture

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  • by Paul Thompson Sheffield Wednesday
 

OWLS manager Dave Jone believes he is doing his bit to improve refereeing standards by compiling examples of decisions that have wrongly gone against his team.

Officials have asked to see the clips after he has repeatedly referred to decisions in his written post-match reports during recent weeks.

The Wednesday boss will add to his evidence three instances on Saturday in the Peterborough game.

Jones is also an advocate of new technology to rule on goal-line or penalty incidents.

But he also has some sympathy for referees, viewing their job as tough and admitting that he would not do it himself.

“We had what I thought on Saturday were four good penalty appeals; looking at them again, we should have had three clear-cut penalties,” he said.

“I’m compiling a load of incidents, which I have been asked to do by the referees’ society and to send them off. It helps them as well. In the game there’s so much talk aabout diving, maybe they’re not looking for what they should be looking for as much.

“It’s only got to be the slightest contact; if someone is running at full pelt and someone clips him, it doesn’t mean it’s a dive.”

Jones says film backs his on-the-day judgement that Michail Antonio was fouled twice and Miguel Llera once, in the penalty area, but a penalty for a Peterborough handball would have been harsh, though a spot-kick was given against the Owls in a similar incident in one of their games.

He admits: “I wouldn’t be a referee. It’s a hard job. They need some help. I don’t think they help themselves at times.”

Rhys McCabe could return to the starting line-up against Blackpool tonight with Paul Corry nursing his ankle injury.

 

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