By Keith Hackett

25th Nov, 2022 | 4:55am

Ex-Uefa official: Liverpool should be braced for major Premier League change after Fifa directive

Liverpool and the rest of the Premier League should be braced for more stoppage time in matches, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Uefa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after a new Fifa directive came into play at the World Cup.

Matches in Qatar have seen a dramatic increase in stoppage time with England’s 6-2 win over Iran on Monday (21 November) lasting over 117 minutes.

As quoted by BBC Sport earlier this week (22 November), the chairman of Fifa’s referees committee Pierluigi Collina confirmed that fourth officials had been instructed to keep track of time lost.

“The league has a responsibility, like the World Cup has a responsibility, to ensure that the fans get value for money,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I think that is at the forefront of why they are doing it.

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“We’ve allowed time-wasting without punishing it and we’ve had referees who are offenders. By that I mean, they take too long at set-pieces.

“I think the answer here, down the line, is to have an independent time-keeper who has a very clear criteria of operation as to when he stops it and when he doesn’t. It should be taken out of the hands of match officials.

“I’m very clear on that. It’s an advance that we have to take from other sports like boxing and basketball.

“I applaud what they are doing at the World Cup and yes, I do think it will have an impact on the Premier League.

“One of the pressures that comes is from the media. They are working within time frames so the longer the game goes on, the less the pundits have that say.

“When you have a super Sunday there’s not much of a gap between the two games. That’s probably down to the media to find a solution.”

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