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FIFA should allow referees to use replays, says Iran coach Queiroz

SALVADOR, Brazil -- FIFA must allow referees to use television replays to officiate matches or risk sending teams home from future World Cup finals because of bad decisions, says Iran coach Carlos Queiroz.

Iran take on Bosnia on Wednesday in Salvador needing a victory to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup, while hoping Nigeria fail to beat Argentina in the other Group F clash.

Replays have showed both Queiroz and his Bosnia counterpart Sapet Susic to be the victims of refereeing errors at the finals and they have called on soccer's governing-body FIFA to help officials.

Goal-line technology debuted at Brazil 2014 and ex-Manchester United assistant coach Queiroz says replays should be the next step.

Iran were denied a penalty by Serbian referee Milorad Mazic's in their heart-breaking 1-0 defeat to Argentina, settled by a late Lionel Messi goal, when Pablo Zabaleta appeared to foul Ashkan Dejagahin in the area.

Likewise, the Bosnians were fuming when striker Edin Dzeko was denied an early goal by the linesman's flag, but replays showed he was clearly onside in their 1-0 defeat to Nigeria.

The Bosnians claim New Zealand referee Peter O'Leary then missed a foul on captain Emir Spahic in the build-up to Peter Odemwingie's 29th-minute winner.

Colombian linesman Humberto Clavijo was last week withdrawn from World Cup match duties after twice flagging in error for offsides in Mexico's 1-0 victory over Cameroon when two Mexican goals were disallowed.

And Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura was heavily criticized after awarding hosts Brazil a dubious penalty in their opening 3-1 win over Croatia.

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