WEST Brom manager Steve Clarke wants technology to be made available to assist officials and has revealed referees’ chief Mike Riley telephoned him to apologise for the decision to award a last-minute penalty against them in a recent 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
The Baggies were moments away from inflicting the Blues’ first ever home league defeat under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho until referee Andre Marriner pointed to the penalty spot after Ramires tumbled inside the box following contact with Steven Reid.
Midfielder Eden Hazard slotted in from 12 yards to leave West Brom incredulous and Clarke believes match officials should be assisted to limit a repeat of similar instances.
“If there is technology that can be used to help referees make difficult decisions, which is what they have to do, then let’s look at it and see what we can come up with,” said Clarke, who has sent a letter to the Premier League and Professional Game Match Officials Limited to highlight four penalty decisions he believes have gone against West Brom this term.
“If he’s [Riley] apologising he obviously feels it was the wrong decision. It doesn’t get us any more points but it’s nice of Mike to phone.”