Ex-Fifa referee: Premier League should launch probe as controversial Ronaldo footage emerges from Man United
The assistant referee took far too long to raise the offside flag when Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had scored his second goal for Man United in their 3-0 win over Tottenham.
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as he demanded the Premier League launch an investigation into why assistant referees are taking so long to flag offsides.
As shown on the BBC‘s Match of the Day programme, Ronaldo had wheeled away in celebration after he put the ball in the back of the net with the scores 2-0.
A similar incident occurred during the opening stages of the game when Cristian Romero thought he had opened the scoring for Tottenham.
“What we’ve been seeing on offside decisions is some really good use of VAR,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“But the other side of that, is how long does it take for an offside decision to be made? It happened with Ronaldo against Spurs.
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“What should happen in this situation, they’ve got to constantly review the process. The more you do it, the better and quicker you should become.
“Generally, there’s been a real improvement with VAR. The broader line means the offside decisions are coming really well.
“We’re beginning to get a better application, generally, of VAR. But the time it takes for some of them is still an issue. Is that a technical issue because of how long it takes to get the video? I don’t know.
“When it’s taking too long, they need to review that.
“With the Ronaldo one, the assistant referee might think it’s OK but VAR has looked at it and said it’s offside, then he sticks his flag up. I think it might be a slight procedural issue.”