London - England flank James Haskell
believes the sport's authorities should end their policy of showing slow motion
replays of incidents of foul play on the big screen in stadiums.
Haskell claims the yellow card he received
for a dangerous tackle on Conor Murray in the Six Nations victory over Ireland
at Twickenham last month was influenced by big screen replays.
The Wasps captain argues that referee
Romain Poite was influenced by repeated slow motion viewings of the challenge,
making it appear more savage than it actually was.
Haskell believes officials should review
incidents on a monitor on the sideline, the method used in American football,
to strip out the possibility of the crowd's reaction having a bearing on the
"I was very disappointed because I
don't think it was a yellow card. Slowing anything down makes it seem 10 times
worse than it actually is," Haskell said.
"If you notice I pulled out, turned my
head well away - there was no intent. He relaxed into it. He got up straight
away, I got up straight away.
"I couldn't believe it when the
referee called me back. I was shocked when I saw how slowly they were replaying
it. Any tackle looks pretty bad when seen like that.
"One hundred percent they should not
play replays in slow motion. I firmly believe they should go to the side of the
field, look at the screen and review it on their own without seeing any of
those collisions in.
"If they need to see it again then
fine, but see it in fast and take the crowd out of the equation. The slow-mo
was really unhelpful. It gives the wrong impression.
"Rugby's a really tough game and it's
not great doing that kind of stuff because it's making a spectacle out of it
when it doesn't need to be.
"Reviewing is a good idea, but playing
it on the big screen, making it a big circus is not constructive."