‘Shocking’ – Former referee not happy with VAR call during Brentford – Newcastle game

It’s not been the best weekend for Premier League officials, both those in charge of proceedings on the pitch and those working the VAR, and one former head of referees has let his ire run riot on social media, referencing a poor decision at the Brentford v Newcastle match.

Keith Hackett was once the head of PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) and the head of the referees in the English Premier League and Championship.

A former FIFA referee also, Hackett’s professionalism and integrity was beyond doubt.

Once he’d left the job and even before the onset of VAR, there seems to have consistently been one refereeing controversy or another.

If VAR was supposed to rid the game of such errors, one can hardly say it’s been an unqualified success, and again this past weekend, the lack of knowledge from those watching proceedings unfold has been highlighted.

None more so than in the game between Brentford and Newcastle, where a second penalty call against the Magpies was adjudged to have been a ‘shocking’ decision by Hackett.

Fortunately for Eddie Howe’s side, they were able to come back in the second half and turn the match around, ensuring that they’d end the Easter Weekend where they’d started it – in third place.

With Howard Webb, the new man in charge of PGMOL, also apologising to Brighton and Hove Albion for a spot-kick that was awarded against them, it’s clear that officials need to be made aware of their responsibilities once more.

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