Haskell wants end to big-screen replays


James Haskell would like to see the use of big-screen replays by referees reduced after he felt he was wrongly penalised in England's Six Nations clash with Ireland.

Haskell was shown a yellow card for a high tackle on Conor Murray in the 21-10 win at Twickenham following a review of the incident by French official Romain Poite.

However, the Wasps flanker believes more discretion should be taken by referees, with the reaction of the crowd potentially indirectly influencing their decisions.

"The slow-motion replay is really unhelpful. It gives the wrong impression. Reviewing incidents is a good idea but playing it on the big screen, making it a big circus, is not constructive," said Haskell.

"I think the referee, or the people who are making the judgment, should do it away from the big screen. I don't know why it is made a spectacle.

"I was very disappointed because I don't think it was a yellow card. Slowing anything down makes it 10 times worse than it actually is. If you notice I pulled out, turned my head well away, there was no intent.

"I was shocked when I saw how slowly they were replaying it. If they need to see it again, fine, but they should watch it in real time and take the crowd out of the equation.

"When I tripped an opponent against France the ref hadn't seen it but they played it a million times and the crowd went mental."

Haskell suggested following the protocol used in the NFL, where incidents are checked away from the view of spectators.

"I don't think you have that in the NFL. They go to the side, look at a screen and then review it," he added.

"Maybe the TV people can have access to it once a decision has been made but, as it is, I don't think it is great for rugby."