Ex-Fifa referee verdict on Luiz being banned for Aston Villa v Man City as controversial footage analysed
Keith Hackett has claimed it was right for VAR to intervene on Douglas Luiz’s red card as Aston Villa beat Crystal Palace 2-1.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League official claimed Michael Salisbury should have taken more time when he initially showed Luiz a red.
Salisbury was overseeing his first Premier League game after being appointed to the PGMOL’s list at the beginning of the season.
The major flashpoint came when he gave Luiz his marching orders for his challenge on Cheikhou Kouyate in the 74th minute, as shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme.
That would have seen him banned for three games, starting with Wednesday night’s fixture against Man City.
After a VAR review, it was downgraded to a yellow card so he is available for the visit of the Premier League champions.
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“I have no worries about the fitness level of this referee and his overall refereeing,” Hackett said after analysing the game with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“But he put himself under pressure and he looked the new boy on the block.
“He’s had years of his experience, don’t get me wrong, but he looked the new boy on the block.
“With the red card, he had one view. The process of a referee when making a decision is to see, to recognise to then think and act. If you’re going to give a red card you’re thinking time has to be a little bit longer.
“You’ve got plenty of time, you can issue that card within 20, 30 seconds. You don’t have to do it instantly. In that time you can replay it in your mind.
“He’s come straight out with a red, that’s probably justified from his position because he’s right on top of it and there’s no question of that.
“Fortunately he’s got a very experienced VAR operator who comes in. He has a look at the screen and it doesn’t take long for him to make the change.
“He shouldn’t beat himself up, this is what VAR is for in the modern game. Ultimately, he’s got the right decision so there’s praise for that.”