Clearer explanation of 'Stoppage time' rules

Coaches, players and fans need to be told how referees calculate stoppage time to stop the current confusion at the end of matches, said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.The debate about time-keeping at the end of games was sparked by Michael Owen's winning goal for Manchester United in their derby against Manchester City last Sunday.Asked if he would like to see an independent time-keeper, Wenger said he thought referees should retain the responsibility but needed to explain how they added on additional time."If you give the responsibility to the referee it is very important that everyone should exactly know the rules. The referee has the freedom to make decisions. "We all sit on the bench at the end of a game and if there have been four substitutions, plus two minutes of injury time, plus two minutes for another player going down, how much does that make? Nobody knows." United manager Alex Ferguson said on Wednesday the system used by referees, which he had long ago stopped trying to understand, was "madness" and Wenger echoed his great rival's thoughts. "I'm not happy with the way things are at the moment," said the Frenchman. "I'd like it if we were given strict guidelines on how they calculate the time remaining. Nobody knows really. "Is it 30 seconds for a substitution? Is it not ? Do they take the real time when the player is down? "Do they calculate the time when they call the physio on the pitch or when the player goes down? "Nobody knows how it is calculated. There is always a question mark at the end of a game how long you will play. "The rules should be explained better."© Yahoo Sports

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