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Jefferies welcomes wind of change
Jim Jefferies claimed common sense had prevailed after the SFA proposed stripping referees of their power to veto appeals against red cards. Hearts boss Jefferies has been one of the cheerleaders for changes to the SFA disciplinary process, which currently allows match officials to block claims for wrongful dismissal reaching a review panel. SFA chief executive Gordon Smith yesterday confirmed he would submit a draft proposal to the organisation's board for a radical overhaul of the system, which could come into effect in time for next season. Many have argued there is an inherent conflict of interest in referees sitting in judgment on their own decisions. Jefferies said: "There aren't too many who are going to agree they got it wrong because it doesn't make them look too good. "I'm sure common sense will prevail and it'll be sorted out." It is understood a three-strong panel - which could include a member of the SFA's referee development department, a former player and an ex-manager - will sit in judgment on red card appeals if the proposed changes are given the green light. The match referee will be invited to address the panel, though Jefferies questioned any involvement from the official. "It may be better if he's not and let them make a decision on it," he said.
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