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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez welcomes use of video evidence
Published : 09 Sep 2009 06:00:00
LIVERPOOL boss Rafa Benitez has welcomed UEFA’s crackdown on diving but he wants to see video evidence used more often to punish reckless challenges. Arsenal striker Eduardo was recently banned for two games after being found guilty of deceiving the referee to win a penalty in their Champions League qualifier against Celtic. Benitez said: “Diving is something that if you can, you have to stop. “We have to stop this and to use the video is good but I’m really concerned about this decision. “Someone diving gets a two-game ban but very bad tackles only get a three-game ban. You have to have the right balance. “I’ve always been in favour of using the video more often. But as well as diving we must use the video more to stop the bad tackles.” Meanwhile, Liverpool insist no illegal approach has been made for Crewe teenager Max Clayton. The League Two club’s academy director Dario Gradi is fuming at the Reds’ pursuit of the 15-year-old striker. Gradi hit out at the “rich robbing the poor” in English football after admitting Clayton wants to leave the club but he stopped short of naming Liverpool.