Premier League referees ‘dried up’ by VAR errors, insists former PGMOL boss Keith Hackett

Premier League referees are being ‘hung out to dry’ by VAR mistakes, insists former PGMOL boss Keith Hackett… while the Referees’ Association warns the stream of young officials making it through could dry up due to abuse

Keith Hackett says referees are ‘hanging out to dry’ over a litany of high-profile VAR mistakes

Hackett, a former Premier League referee and former head of PGMOL, the governing body for officials in English football, insists referees must feel “let down” if this weekend’s controversial incidents make them look “dumb”.

There are now fears that not enough talented referees are making it through the ranks because of abuse at lower levels.

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Referees are “hung out to dry” over multiple high-profile VAR mistakes, says Keith Hackett

Hackett told PA: “We’re in our fourth season of VAR and we’re not running it well. These officials don’t get into the Premier League without being good referees. In a way they were ridiculed by what happened this weekend. You must feel let down.

“They were hung out to dry because there is no leadership. There is no guidance, there is no coaching. That ultimately has to come down to the person running the organization (Mike Riley). The interaction between the referee and the VAR is suspicious.

“One of the reasons for that is because you have current umpires who are umpires on a Saturday and suddenly become a VAR on a Sunday. I don’t think that’s conducive to good governance.’


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