Ex-Premier League referee has one major VAR concern after Nottingham Forest news
Keith Hackett has praised the decision to introduce VAR for the Championship play-offs, including Sheffield United’s two-legged semi-final with Nottingham Forest.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee warned it is vital clubs are able to communicate to fans in the stadium when VAR is checking a decision.
The Daily Mail reported last Friday (6 May) the Forest owners had written to the EFL to demand VAR was introduced for the play-offs after they were denied a penalty in their 1-0 loss to Bournemouth in last week’s (2 May) key game in the race to earn automatic promotion.
The Telegraph reported the day before (5 May) VAR will be introduced for the play-offs after the EFL suggested it those in the play-off hunt to an overwhelmingly positive response.
Huddersfield Town and Luton Town will face off in the other semi-final.
“What that indicates is they are going to use Premier League referees for the play-offs and I can understand that,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“These games are so important and so big. I’ve refereed a number of them and they are brilliant to referee, the atmosphere is terrific.
“I think having VAR is a good call. But the grounds where they are going to play, do they have big screens available so they can communicate what is going on to supporters?
“There’s one at Nottingham Forest, there’s one at Sheffield United, there’s one at Huddersfield Town but not at Luton Town.
“Therefore it is important that the authorities understand they keep the crowd informed to what is happening in the process.”