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Video technology would be better than retrospective bans, says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola


By Robert Jones

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes it is a matter of time before referees are guided by video technology during matches.

The Spaniard says that will be a more meaningful step forward than the introduction of retrospective punishment for diving.

The new offence of 'successful deception of a match official' will be introduced next season in England. Incidents will be reviewed by a panel comprised of a former manager, former player and a former referee, each watching the footage independently. If they are unanimous in believing a player deceived a match official, the sanction will be a two-match ban.

Guardiola feels referees would be better served by instant video back-up rather than events being reviewed after the fact.

"I think diving is not the most important thing to improve. There are many other cases we can improve," said Guardiola, who takes his side to Watford tomorrow.

"Sooner or later that is going to happen, the technology (that) will help the referees to be more fair about what happens in the game, to make fewer mistakes.

"It is because football today is quicker and faster - and they (officials) are not able to arrive in the right moments and sometimes the decision is wrong."

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