By Keith Hackett

19th Sep, 2022 | 3:00pm

Ex-Fifa official: VAR 'clamping down' after Allan McGregor controversy at Rangers

Keith Hackett has claimed officials are “clamping down” on encroachment after an incident in Napoli’s win over Rangers in the Champions League.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Fifa and Premier League referee said Piotr Zielinski’s could have been retaken for encroachment or Allan McGregor’s starting position.

Sands was sent off for a second bookable offence after bringing down Giovanni Simeone inside the 18-yard box.

Allan McGregor saved the resulting penalty but Matteo Politano scored the rebound.

The goal was initially given but on the advice of VAR the penalty had to be retaken.

Video replays showed that Politano was already in the 18-yard box when the spot-kick was taken.

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Zielinski stepped up again for the visitors but his penalty was once again saved by McGregor.

The save would ultimately matter little with the Italian side eventual 3-0 winners over the Gers.

When asked by Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley if the officials were right to order for the penalty to be retaken, Hackett said: “McGregor is off the line.

“He is just off the line. He should have kept his left foot planted on the line.

“The attacking player is also in the area. It is an interesting one because there is two reasons for it.

“There was a retake of a penalty in the Tottenham game this weekend. VAR are clamping down on this sort of thing.”

In other news, a pundit has told Rangers to U-turn on their pursuit of Gary Cahill after transfer update from journalist.