Millwall chairman infuriated by poor refereeing

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CHAIRMAN John Berylson believes a string of poor refereeing decisions has hampered Millwall's battle against relegation in recent weeks.

The American watched from the stands as the Lions were beaten 1-0 by Leeds at The Den on Saturday in controversial circumstances.

Kenny Jackett's side had two strong penalty appeals turned down against Neil Warnock's side, having conceded two spot-kicks of their own against Southampton the previous week.

"I thought after last week I wouldn't see such disappointing refereeing again, and of course I did," Berylson told the club's official website.

"I've seen the replays. There's a clear handball in the box which should have been a red card and there's a clear trip on James Henry. From my distance I could see that, why can't someone who's ten feet away? It's very disappointing.

"For the first penalty against Southampton last week the ball was bouncing out of bounds, and unless Rickie Lambert at 14 stone can run the 100 metre dash in 4.2 seconds, he can't get the ball.

"As I understand the rules it's a penalty providing you can get to it and have a shot on goal. I've replayed it 20 times and I wonder how can that happen?"

Berylson believes it is time English football followed in the footsteps of American sport, where he says technology significantly reduces the number of mistakes made by referees.

He added: "In ice hockey you would never get the linesman overruling the referee. They'd get together for a few minutes and usually they'd make the correct decision.

"Now that's a much faster game and the right decisions are made most of the time. Every now and then you hear about a bad call but usually they catch it with technology.

"We've had one this season that came off the bar and was a foot over the line, but FIFA and the League seem opposed to fixing these problems."



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