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Johnson Welcomes Rule Changes

Lee Johnson has welcomed the change of certain rules for the 2016/17 season.

The 95 new laws came into effect on June 1st and include the end of an automatic red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity. 

Bristol City’s head coach is pleased with the amendments and calls for additional laws such as video evidence to come into practice in the near future. 

“I would like to see the introduction of some sort of video referee but I’m not sure in which way yet,” he told Bristol City Player HD

“I think the referees need help. They can be made to look silly because there are so many angles and exposure on TV. 

“I’m all for rule changes like the last man one, which is an improvement, but I would like to see a video referee as long as it doesn’t take too much of the ebb and flow out of a game and isn’t used by managers to delay play. 

“If there is a genuine decision that needs to be checked upon then I believe it would be helpful for football." 

Another development has seen emergency loans in the Football League scrapped from the start of next season, with temporary moves having to be agreed during transfer windows, as opposed to the previous flexible month-to-month basis throughout the year. 

City benefited from several loan players signed outside the window last year, and Johnson believes adding youngsters to the Under-21 group is crucial due to the new rule. 

“We’ve made inroads to improve, add and enhance our underbelly because moving forward that will be important,” he said. 

“Injuries can deeply affect you next season because you can’t just dig yourself out with an emergency loan like Peter Odemwingie, Lee Tomlin or Nathan Baker. 

“In an ideal world there would be no relegation for two seasons and we could really blood our youngsters to find out if they’re ready, like we did with Zak Vyner, Max O'Leary and George Dowling.” 

He added: “The problem you have is if they fill the back end of the squad, are you going to stunt their development? 

“Under-21 football is okay for their tactical learning but I don’t feel it stimulates players like playing in front of a crowd. 

“Ideally we’d bring them up to Championship standard by getting them to good clubs on loan. They’d be coming back confident in their own ability because they’ve gone through the levels.

"Next season, if they show up very well in pre-season, they’ll be part of the squad. If not, they’ll go out on loan and continue their development, and then we try and crack on." 

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