Premier League referees have been told to start using pitch side monitors for red card decisions where it is felt they should have the final say.
The Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the body that manages elite referees, has issued the guidance.
The only time the monitors have been used this season is by Michael Oliver in an FA Cup third-round tie between Crystal Palace and Derby County.
As a result, he upgraded a yellow card for Palace’s Luka Milivojevic to a red.
This is the sort of incident where they are now set to be used in top-flight games.
The move was welcomed by Premier League managers.
Speaking yesterday Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said “It is a positive move. The referee will be taking responsibility himself. I like that.”
One case that could potentially be handled differently in future was that of Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s sending off against Crystal Palace on January 11.
Aubameyang, 30, was initially given a yellow card by referee Paul Tierney for a tackle on midfielder Max Meyer, but the decision was changed to a red by the video assistant referee.
It is felt by the Premier League that Tierney should probably have made the final call to confirm his authority and make the decision more likely to be accepted by both players and fans inside the stadium.
The Gunners appealed against the decision but that was rejected on Wednesday, meaning Gabon international Aubameyang will miss Premier League games against Sheffield United and Chelsea, and the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Bournemouth.
BREAKING: Anyanacho Qualifies For Tokyo 2020 Taekwondo Event
Nigeria’s Elizabeth Anyanacho has qualified for the taekwondo event of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after she defeated former African Champion, Gabon’s Urgence Mouega 12 – 5 at the African Qualifiers holding in Rabat, Morocco.
Anyanacho will be going to Tokyo as the first Taekwondo female to qualify for the Olympics since Athens 2004 Olympics and second ever Nigeria Taekwondo female practitioner, after Princess Dudu, to qualify for the Olympics.
Benjamin Okuomose arrowly lost 16 – 19 to Olympic Silver Medalist & former World Champion, Gabon’s Anthony Obame.
For the technical director of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Chika Chukwumerije the loss of Okuomose was unfortunate.
“My heart was broken. He was leading all the way until 12 secs to end of match. The lad did well.
“Sometimes, one cannot explain the anxiety and pressure an athlete feels. I feel sorry for his shattered Olympics dreams, but it is ok. He now has to fight for the bronze medal,” he lamented.
According to the rules, the winner of the bronze medal match will be on standby in case there is a doping violation by any of the finalists.
Chinazum Nwosu and Ifeoluwa Ajayi will compete today February 23.
Cristiano Ronaldo Gives His Girlfriend N37 Million Every Month To Live A Lavish Lifestyle
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo gives fiancee Georgina Rodriguez an £80,000-a-month (N37,673,136) allowance to help her live the high life, according to reports.
The Portuguese superstar and Rodriguez live a lavish lifestyle in Turin with the forward’s £28million-a-year salary from Juventus.
The loved up pair have one child together, two-year-old daughter Alana Martina, but she also raises Ronaldo’s three other children.
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As a mostly stay-at-home mum, Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claim Ronaldo is happy to give 26-year-old Rodriguez a hefty wedge every month as she also looks after surrogate twins Eva and Mateo and Cristiano Jr.
With millions flooding through the family every month, it is no wonder they continue to live a life most can only dream of.
Holidays on yachts are a regular occurrence while birthdays are often greeted with expensive gifts.
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For his 35th birthday, Rodriguez treated her other half to a wrapped Mercedes G-Wagon with a basic starting price of £93,000.
The pair are often seen wearing expensive bling with Ronaldo wowing fans by showing off a £371,000 Rolex watch last month.
Rodriguez also earns a reported whopping £6600 per Instagram post to sponsor a company because of her 16.5m followers.
NFF Denies Amokachi’s Appointment
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied rumour making the rounds about the appointment of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Daniel Amokachi as Head of its Technical Department.
In a statement on Wednesday, Ademola Olajire, NFF Director of Communications, said Bitrus Bewarang still remained the federation’s Technical Director.
Olajire quoted Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Fresh, as saying that at no time did the body call for applications from candidates for that position, not to talk of appointing anyone.
“This clarification becomes necessary against the background of wide-circulating, but totally misleading reports of the appointment of Amokachi, a former Super Eagles captain and coach, as head of NFF technical department.”
“’The NFF has been bemused by this unfounded story, which no doubt must have embarrassed Amokachi himself,” Fresh said.