Ex-Premier League referee fumes at Chelsea controversy

Keith Hackett has admitted he did not like the decision to disallow a Chelsea goal in the dying stages of the FA Cup final.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA referee who officiated the 1981 FA Cup final insisted the VAR could frame the offside lines and frame to “suit the decision”.

Former Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell thought he had helped Chelsea find a late equaliser at Wembley before it was overturned.

Thiago Silva played a ball over the top to Chilwell whose shot was blocked by Çağlar Söyüncü.

The clearance hit Wes Morgan before hitting the back of the net.

Chelsea thought they had equalised but VAR intervened and overturned the goal.

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Asked for his assessment of the incident, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I stick to the view that I’ve had all season and that is I would prefer the skill set of the assistant referee or assistant VAR to have another look at that without the lines.

“The discussions are all the same. We’re ruining our goals that us as stakeholders of the game would like to see go unpunished. 

“As has happened in the past, when they bring the VAR with the lines in, they shape the frame and lines to suit the decision.

“I don’t like it.”

The decision meant Leicester City lifted the FA Cup for the first time in their history after Youri Tielemans’ fantastic second-half strike.

The two sides meet again on Tuesday night in a decisive game in the race to finish in the Champions League places.

In other news, an ex-striker has been left in awe of Chelsea transfer plan as a “huge” bid lined up for new Timo Werner partner.