Chelsea-Werner controversy proves operational VAR change needed

By Keith Hackett

9th May, 2022 | 4:06pm

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Keith Hackett has called on referees to not blow for fouls in and around the penalty area until the phase of play is finished after an incident in Wolves’ 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Saturday (7 May).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Peter Bankes should have delayed his whistle when judging Timo Werner to have fouled Romain Saiss.

As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, Werner and Saiss were trying to get onto the end of Christian Pulisic’s through ball.

Bankes felt Werner had pushed his opponent to the ground in order to win the ball and blew his whistle just before he smashed the ball past Jose Sa.

The game was goalless at the time and Chelsea had another goal by Ruben Loftus-Cheek ruled out for offside.

“I think that Peter Bankes has not had a great number of Premier League games so what he’s trying to do is impress by saying ‘I’m in a good position, I’ve seen it and I’m happy it’s a foul’ and therefore he’s giving credibility to the decision,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“When you have VAR in operation it is those types of incidents where you can delay and see the outcome.

“Just like the guy who is running the line, when a referee is near the penalty area they can delay the whistle.

“Peter Bankes will hopefully receive that advice. Had he delayed it, VAR would have reviewed it.

“We’ve seen Craig Pawson delay his decisions and hesitate. It doesn’t take long to hold the whistle for a fraction of the second.”

In other news, Mason Mount ‘could join Liverpool’ from Chelsea after an update.