Ex-Fifa official demands major Liverpool change as revolutionary Premier League development on the cards
The next major broadcast revolution for Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League should be the conversations between the VAR officials and the referee, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after Sky cameras were given unprecedented access during Wycombe’s 2-0 win over Portsmouth on Sunday (4 December).
Cameras were allowed in the dressing rooms pre and post-match while viewers were also able to listen in after the referee’s conversations during the game was recorded.
The Daily Mail reported last week (28 November) that the move will put pressure on the Premier League to follow suit.
“Somebody has to be very close on the bleep button and have their finger on the pulse!” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I think the main conversation should centre around the conversation between the referee and VAR. I think that’s the key one. I hope that is in the debate.
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“I think one thing that might happen is the disputing of decisions by the players in the face of the referee will be highlighted and exaggerated.
“We see the physical approach and the players having their say but now being able to listen to what they have to say will put pressure on the referee to react.
“If both managers need to make their players aware that they should take very great care with how they approach the referee and the assistant referees.
“The only deterrent effect is the referee taking action but it will now be highlighted.”
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