Aston Villa Cash controversy stuns ex-PL Ref as 'VAR' claim issued

By Keith Hackett

2nd May, 2022 | 3:58pm

Ex-Premier League referee can't believe VAR after Matty Cash controversy at Aston Villa

Norwich City should have had a penalty kick in their 2-0 loss to Aston Villa, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League official questioned why VAR did not instruct referee John Brooks to review Matty Cash’s challenge on Brandon Williams on the pitchside monitor.

As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, Cash raised his boot and hit Williams’ head as they challenged for a ball just outside the six-yard box.

Norwich had swung in a free-kick and both players were trying to meet Grant Hanley’s header.

Williams got their first and headed over before being booted in the face by Cash.

“I think there was an indication that he went down a bit,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“But I’ve seen them given. In fairness, John Brooks, the referee, was in a good position.

“I think they are unlucky not to get a penalty kick. They could have given one in fairness.

“I’m surprised VAR did not have a look at it.

“The problem with VAR is that if it comes in we know it is going to give a penalty kick.

“It’s one of those, who do you want to make the judgement?”

With Norwich 1-0 down at the time of the incident, a penalty would have given them the chance to draw level and extend their stay in the Premier League for another week at least.

The 2-0 defeat means they were relegated back to the Championship for a record sixth time.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Aston Villa are set to ‘smash the cartel’ as a summer masterplan is now official.