By Keith Hackett

13th Sep, 2022 | 8:00am

Ex-Premier League referee swipes at Karren Brady after West Ham twist

West Ham co-owner Karren Brady is wrong – the problem with the VAR is the people who run it not the “criteria of operation”, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted better “communication, education and accountability” would make VAR better.

Writing in the Sun last week (9 September), Brady claimed VAR should only be used for offside and goalline decisions.

The 53-year-old added that players should have the right of appeal on sendings off.

“With Karren Brady, who I have a lot of time for because she’s done a brilliant job over the years and is very knowledgable, I just want to point out that goalline technology in itself is a separate entity, it’s not the same,” Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“If you allow three appeals they’ll all take place at the beginning of the game. The critical point of the game is towards the end, invariably. A lot of goals are scored in added time and there’s a lot of controversy in added time.

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“You then have to say ‘Sorry, there’s no appeal, you’ve had your three’. That’s why I’m against it.

“I think we’ve got to say to the referee and VAR that this product is brought to you at huge expense to enhance accuracy of decision making. To take it from low 90 per cent to high 90 per cent.

“The only change I want is to enhance the experience of the VAR operators, train the referees better and convince referees to maintain control and be prepared to say, like Michael Oliver did, ‘Get lost’.

“I’m just picking Jurgen Klopp or Antonio Conte when they’ve used three appeals and they’re denied a penalty kick that we all know is nailed on.

“I think the criteria of operation has been carefully worked out. The main problem of the technology is offside which is now going to change.

“The rest of it is people, it’s down to communication, education and accountability.”

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