Call for review on video replays

IN FRAME: A shot from BarTV footage of the Maitland v Valentine match showing Magpies midfielder Matt Crowell and Phoenix’s Darren Cooper in the 27th minute. Crowell received a yellow card for the incident.FRUSTRATED Valentine coach Darren Sills has called for the formation of a judiciary panel to exam “blatant off-the-ball incidents” usingvideo evidence following the spiteful clash with Maitland on Saturday.
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Former Socceroo Dean Heffernan, who was playing up front for Maitland,and Valentine defender Wilson Edwards face suspensionsof at least two weeks after they were given red cards in the 23rdminute for an altercation at Cahill Oval.

Heffernan allegedly elbowed Edwards to the head in back play, sparking a melee. Edwards then allegedly stomped Heffernan.

National disciplinary guidelines classify foul play off-the-ball as violent conduct and the charge carries a minimum penalty of a two-game suspension. The pair will learn their fate on Thursday.

The incident,clashes before and after the send offs and other foul play this yearprompted Sills to speak out.

Sills was especially concerned about an alleged elbow from Maitland’sMatt Crowell to the head of Darren Cooper in the 27th minute on Saturday which received only a yellow card.

While Sills acknowledged cameraangles were limited at NPL games, he believed clearfootage should be allowed as evidence of misconduct.

“The games are all televised now, so if there’s blatant off-the-ball incidents,why can’t theybe reviewed by a panel?” Sills said.

At present, Northern NSW Football disciplinary commissioner Bill Moncrieff uses reports from referees to determine penalties. Witness accounts and other submissions can be used inappeals but not video replays.

NNSWFoperations manager Alan Nisbet said the governing body did not use video evidencebecause of its limitations at the NPL level.

“We do not have the resources and camera angles to determine issues like this,” Nisbet said.“And if we were to try to do it for one, from one camera angle, we just don’t believe it would be fair and correct for everyone, so we don’t do it.”

Nisbet said the increase in coverage of NPL games in recent seasons through the emergence of BarTV did not change the situation.

“A lot of our games, if not all, all covered, but it’s only one camera,” he said.“And even when you watch the NRL with multiple camera angles, you can’t always determine what’s happened.”

The BarTV replay of the Maitland v Valentine NPL match on Saturday at Cahill Oval.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.