By Keith Hackett

12th Aug, 2022 | 3:03pm

Ex-Fifa official: Liverpool may be blocking landmark change after new twist

Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League clubs may be stopping the audio of conversations between referees and VAR from being released, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee suggested clubs do not want it in the open because it could harm appeals against red cards.

ESPN reported earlier this month (3 August) that the Premier League would not be releasing the audio at the beginning of the season but that might change later down the line.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters hinted to Sky Sports that it is something he wanted to do.

“One of the difficulties is, if a player is dismissed, the video evidence is part of the case against that player,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“The club sees that as a negative if that becomes a clip that’s in the public domain and may influence the outcome [of an appeal].

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“They’ve got to have the trust in a panel of three that are making the judgement.

“I cannot see the justification for not allowing the commentary between the VAR and referees to be heard.

“I do think that behind this, there might well be a scenario where the IFAB are not giving sanction for that to take place. It might be the Premier League but it might be the IFAB that are not permitting them to do it.

“I think it’s sad that a commentator gets to listen in but we don’t, the people who pay at the gate.

“I think it would enhance the process, I don’t think it would intefere. We might get an insight and I know we will.

“For me, it’s a no-brainer.”

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