By Keith Hackett

12th Sep, 2022 | 7:13pm

Ex-Fifa official on scrapping VAR after Michail Antonio reveal at West Ham

Keith Hackett has admitted he can understand why West Ham forward Michail Antonio wants VAR to be scrapped.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted that VAR is here to stay despite the recent controversy.

Antonio revealed on his BBC show The Footballer’s Football Podcast last week (7 September) that the system should be “binned”.

It comes after his side were denied an equaliser in their 2-1 loss to Chelsea last weekend (3 September).

Maxwel Cornet had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out by VAR for a foul by Jarrod Bowen on Edouard Mendy.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish took to Twitter last week (6 September) to suggest he was also open to scrapping VAR.

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“Realistically, is anybody happy with VAR and how it works in England? They can’t be after last weekend,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“As I’ve said before, they have to get it right because they are not helping the game.

“For me, I can understand why clubs and managers and players want to get rid of VAR.

“I think VAR is here to stay. The only way it would change is if the board of directors of the Premier League which is the 20 clubs do something.

“If Steve Parrish is able to convince the rest of the Premier League clubs to think they want to dump it.”

The Premier League has used VAR since the beginning of the 2019-20 season.

The 20 clubs unanimously voted to introduce it at a meeting the previous November.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has claimed the UK Government are likely livid with West Ham as a Russian alliance emerges.