Haskell wants big screen replays banned

Date published: March 8 2016

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England flanker James Haskell has called for big screen video replays to be banned as he believes the slow-motion reviews have a distorting effect. 

The 30-year-old was sin-binned for a high tackle on Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray in the last match at home – and believes that the slowed-down footage incites crowd reaction, in turn negatively influencing referee decisions.

"I think the referee or the people who are making the judgement should do it away from the big screen," Haskell told AFP.

"I don't know why it is made a spectacle. I firmly believe they should go to the side of the field, look at the screen, review it on their own, not see any of those collisions in slow motion and take the crowd out of the equation.

"Maybe the TV people can have access to it once a decision has been made but as it is I don't think it is great for rugby."

Haskell was unhappy with his yellow card against Ireland ten days ago, which was replayed on the big screen at Twickenham, and said that the action didn't warrant a ten-minute spell off the field.

He explained: "I was very disappointed because I don't think it was a yellow card. Slowing anything down makes it ten times worse than it actually is. 

"I was shocked when I saw how slowly they were replaying it. Any tackle looks pretty bad when seen like that."

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