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Jacquet calls for two refs in 2006

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France's World Cup-winning coach Aime Jacquet called on Thursday for two referees per game to be introduced at the next finals after refereeing controversies soured the 2002 tournament.

In an interview with Reuters , Jacquet said he believed that football should start experimenting with one referee in each half at international youth tournaments. European governing body UEFA is keen to start the experiments.

"We have been asking this question in France for quite a long time. We think that if you want to have spectacular football and emotional football, you have to protect the game," he said.

"We have to give the referee the possibility of eliminating the cheats. I have two ideas. One is to field two referees -- one in each half. In that way there are four pairs of eyes plus the eyes of the linesmen. That would eliminate the errors."

Asked if the measures should be in place at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, 1998-winning coach Jacquet said: "Yes. We have to change direction and the mentality. In order to do that, you have to give the opportunity to the referees to be responsible and help him. It is a good idea."

South Korea's run to the semi-finals was dominated by controversies over refereeing with their opponents Spain and Italy both complaining about errors. FIFA has admitted that "major" refereeing mistakes were made at the tournament.

Games such as field hockey have two umpires with one in each half of the field. Gerhard Aigner, chief executive of European governing body UEFA, said on Tuesday that experiments with two referees should be made with the professional game.


Jacquet said he believed video evidence should be used to punish players after the game but not during the match.

Carlos Alberto Parreira, the coach of Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning team, backed the experiments with two referees.

"The idea does not sound, for me, very strange but it has to be tested in a practical way," he told Reuters.

But Jacquet's views were not shared by Germany's former World Cup-winning coach Franz Beckenbauer, the head of the 2006 organising committee.

"Experiments have been done. It's not necessary. The referees are trained enough that they can run up and down the field, " he said. "The linesmen already step in to indicate fouls. That is more sensible. I believe they should leave it as it is."

Beckenbauer said he believed the main problem at the finals had been that referees had been used from all over the world rather than picking the best referees.

Asked if he was surprised by the controversies, he said: "No. I did not expect anything else because when you introduce a system involving all those nationalities, it can't work.

"When I have a linesman from Africa, another one from Trinidad and the referee is from Australia, it can't work. I think FIFA has recognised that and in 2006 they will go back to 'referee teams' that have controlled games together for years.

"We have the best players in the world and some of them are amateurs in control of games. That doesn't fit together."

Parreira agreed: "I think the laws are so perfect, once you decide to put on the best referees, half of the problems are solved.

"You cannot have third-world referees in football terms who are not exposed to big games."

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