By Keith Hackett

4th Oct, 2022 | 5:56pm

Ex-Fifa official: Referee made major error as controversial Sean Longstaff footage emerges from Newcastle United

Keith Hackett has praised the VAR process after Nathaniel Chalobah’s red card during Fulham’s 4-1 loss to Newcastle United on Saturday (1 October).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Darren England was too close to the incident and needed VAR to intervene.

As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, England initially showed Chalobah a yellow card for his foul on Sean Longstaff in the sixth minute.

Two minutes later and after an intervention from VAR, he was shown a red card and will now miss Fulham’s next three games.

“Sometimes you can be too close to the incident,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“The one thing that I praise this referee for is his movement and positioning, he is a fit referee.

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“He’s not going to guess and he’s only got one view. This is where we actually see VAR being used sensibly. It was Mike Dean that came in and said ‘Have another look at it from my view’.

“I think they got this one spot on, the process.

“This happens in football. Darren has seen it as a yellow because he doesn’t think it’s a red, but when he’s seen it from the monitor on a different view, he knows it’s a red. The outcome is the correct one.

“A referee ideally has got to see the whole of the body. When you’re too close the concentration might be on the top half from waist up or bottom half from waist down.

“You can also miss the speed at which the player has come in from distance because you narrow your focus down.

“This is why you want to be about 10 yards away, ideally. No less than because you can get an impaired view.

“I think that’s what has happened, he’s got too close to it and missed the intensity of the challenge by the player and that’s why he’s given a yellow.”

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