France coach calls for two referees in Ligue 1 matches
Updated: 2006-09-25 20:49
PARIS, Sept 25 - France coach Raymond Domenech has called for two referees on
the pitch in Ligue 1 matches after a string of controversial decisions.
"I'm in favour of two referees on the pitch and more coordination between
them and the assistant referees," Domenech said in a video interview broadcast
on the Web site of the French Football Federation (FFF) on Monday.
Referees in Ligue 1 have been asked this season to grant penalties whenever
there is any shirt pulling or impeding contact in the area.
As a result, there has been a string of penalties since the start of the
season, including three in Paris St Germain's 3-1 home defeat by arch-rivals
Olympique Marseille earlier this month.
"There is the rule and there is the spirit of the game," Domenech said. "If
the referees apply the rule strictly, we're going to have 50 penalties per
Domenech suggested French referees should follow the example of English
Premier League officials who are not quite as strict when it comes to brushes in
"I'm not saying the games in England are better but at least there is always
something happening because play is not being stopped all the time," he said.