Allardyce cries out to ‘antiquated’ Platini for technology

West Ham United manager Sam AllardyceSam Allardyce has lambasted the Football Association and Uefa for their failure to introduce technology into football in the wake of Carlton Cole’s controversial red card.

The Hammers striker was sent off in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat against Everton for a high tackle on Leighton Baines, although referee Anthony Taylor’s decision to show Cole a straight red seemed harsh.

Toffees midfielder Darron Gibson also saw red in stoppage time for a similar offence, but Allardyce insists football’s governing bodies need to implement technology sooner rather than later to help the officials make the correct decisions.

“The only way to make it better for us all is to bring technology into it,” the West Ham boss told London24.

“I always said that two and three challenges a game should be in our favour. We should be allowed it, should allow technology into the game.

“Forget about your old [Michel] Platini’s [Uefa President], who are antiquated.

“I know they’re in strong positions and they affect the game but they’re not doing us any favours by not allowing technology to come into play.

“The technology today means it’s done in less than two minutes, isn’t it – at the absolute most.

“I had two TVs in the dugout and it used to be a bigger help for me on the fact that I thought what decision the referee had or hadn’t given.

“The fourth official could see that it wasn’t an offside, or it was or it wasn’t a goal – At least you knew it was or it wasn’t.”

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