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Brasa wants changes in video referral system

India coach Jose Brasa feels that the video referral system, which made hockey World Cup debut in New Delhi, need some fine-tuning with regard to its timing.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2010 11:58 IST

India coach Jose Brasa feels that the video referral system, which made hockey World Cup debut in New Delhi, need some fine-tuning with regard to its timing.

Brasa does not favour stopping of play for referrals when one team was is in an advantageous position.

Brasa felt India suffered against the mighty Australians yesterday because of the timing of the referrals by their
rivals.

Towards the close of India-Australia match, hosts captain Rajpal Singh's stick touched a rival player inside the home
team's striking circle and the Kookaburras successfully appealed for a penalty corner.

But by the time, the referee stopped play to call for the video referral the Indians were in an advantageous position
having possession near the Australian striking circle.

Brasa felt India could have got a scoring chance or a chance to get a penalty corner but that went abegging due to
the referral.

He suggested that play should not have been stopped at that time.

"The video umpire turned down Australia's appeal but we lost an advantageous position which we cannot get back to.

That is not fair. We did not commit any foul and still we lost our chance," he rued.

"I think the rule should be that the umpire cannot stop the game in those situation. He could do that only after the
ball is out of the game or the ball is in possession of the complaining team (Australia)," he said.