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Albion to review key decision

21 March 2015

Baggies boss calls for video assistance

ALBION will assess today's controversial sending off incident before deciding whether to make any appeal on the grounds of mistaken identity.

The Baggies lost 3-0 at Manchester City but the main talking point involved a second minute sending-off.

Craig Dawson brought down Wilfried Bony - deemed to have denied the City man a clear goalscoring opportunity - but referee Neil Swarbrick showed a red card to Gareth McAuley.

Tony Pulis called for officials to be given greater assistance when asked about the incident after the game.

"I watched the Wolves v Derby game and there was a similar incident in that game where the referee didn't book the player so there are inconsistences," said Pulis. 

"But once the referee decides there is a goal scoring opportunity and decides he has to send him off then I don't know how he can send off the wrong player.

"There was also a foul in the second goal when Berahino got a kick."

Pulis continued: "This Premier League product is one of the most famous products we sell. It's no good moaning about referees but we need to find a way of helping them.

"We need a video link up where someone can watch key decisions again and help to make decisions - we can hopefully eradicate mistakes.

"This is the greatest league in the world in terms of people watching it.

"Referees have a very difficult job and we've been on the receiving end recently.

"We have to take it on the chin and move on. We can't keep criticising them, we need to find a way of helping referees.

"We all make mistakes. Players, coaches - we all make mistakes. So why don't we help referees?"

Speaking about his side's display, Pulis added: "The lads worked very hard. 

"Saido missed a great opportunity to make it two one but we kept going."

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