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Klopp urges for coaches to have the ability to challenge referees, similar to hockey coaches


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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called on football to follow in the footsteps of other sports and allow coaches to challenge referee decisions during matches after what happened to his former side Dortmund against Bochum.

Klopp has a long history with referees and his latest chapter was last Sunday in Liverpool’s spectacular 4-3 home win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League when he attacked referee Paul Tierney, prompting the English Football Association to start investigation against the German. trainer.

In an interview with German magazine Kicker on Thursday, Klopp saw that the idea that a coach can formally challenge a referee’s decision during matches in case of doubt about a situation has paid off in other sports.

“The challenge will be to avoid something like this happening again in the future,” he said, considering challenging the referee’s decision “an interesting idea for football.”

And for Klopp, “there are a lot of good examples of how to challenge referees’ decisions in order to reconsider a shot,” saying: “In hockey, for example, a challenge has long proven its value.”

The NFL allows coaches to challenge referees during matches, similar to the NBA and other sports such as rugby league, while in tennis it allows male and female players to check the ball to make sure it is out of bounds, on the line. or inside it. .

On Friday, Dortmund paid the price for an arbitration error that denied them a penalty against Bochum (1-1) and forced them to relinquish their lead to rivals Bayern Munich in the final meters of the German league.

Both the German Football Association and the relevant referee considered it a fatal mistake not to award Dortmund a penalty against Bochum, which could ultimately cost him the title.

Source: AFP.

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