Ex-Premier League referee demands Premier League change as Farke stunned by Arsenal controversy
The Premier League should introduce independent timekeepers but Daniel Farke is still wrong to complain about the added time in Norwich City’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal.
That is the view of ex-FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as Farke questioned why there were only four minutes of added time on Saturday.
Speaking to the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, the Norwich boss claimed it was the least amount of stoppage time he had seen in England.
The German took over at Carrow Road in May 2017 having spent the rest of his previous career in his homeland.
Norwich lost 1-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates at the weekend in their bottom of the table clash as they continue to look for their first points of the season.
Asked of his assessment of Farke’s comment, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “The one area that I would hope for in the future is that at the elite level of the game we get independent timekeepers.
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“But talking about this, at the end of the day, he needs to be reminded that the referee, in law five, is the sole timekeeper. He’s the guy that judges.
“I’ve seen one minute go up, I’ve seen two minutes go up and be very disappointed. Four minutes is not unusual.
“If we look at the Leeds game, for example, where we had Harvey Elliott’s injury and the stoppage from that, there was only six minutes of added time.
“Three is about standard, so four is just one extra minute.”