Haskell: Ban big-screen replays

England flanker James Haskell has called on rugby authorities to ban replays on stadium big screens.

The 30-year-old Haskell was yellow-carded after his high tackle on Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray was replayed at Twickenham a fortnight ago, and he believes the slow-motion footage incited the crowd which in turn influenced referee Romain Poite's decision to send him off.

'I don't think it was a yellow card. Slowing anything down makes it seem 10 times worse than it actually is. There was no intent and he relaxed into it. 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,' Haskell said. 

He feels constant replays on the big screens inside stadiums should be done away with to avoid crowd interference.

'I think the referee or the people who are making the judgement should do it away from the big screen. They should go to the side of the field, look at the screen, review it on their own, not see any of those collisions in slow motion and take the crowd out of the equation,' he added. 'Maybe the TV people can have access to it once a decision has been made, but as it is I don't think it is great for rugby.'

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