By Keith Hackett

2nd Nov, 2021 | 8:00am

Hackett can't believe referee's 'walk of shame' after Konsa controversy at Aston Villa

Keith Hackett has questioned why VAR told Chris Kavanagh to review his decision to issue Ezri Konsa a yellow card as Aston Villa were hammered 4-1 by West Ham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Kavanagh did not make a “clear and obvious error” and therefore his original decision should not have been overturned.

Konsa was cautioned as he brought down Jarrod Bowen just after the half-time break.

The referee then reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor before upgrading it to a red card.

Konsa will now serve a three-match suspension and will miss Villa’s games against Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace.

“I think it’s easy to say this is a red card for a denial of a goalscoring opportunity,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“I want to talk about the process more. First of all, the referee has seen it, he’s in a good position, and he’s issued a yellow card. He’s made a judgement call, in terms of did it fulfil the criteria?

“Was it a foul? Yes, it was. The ball was just outside the penalty area so the distance from the goal was fulfilled.

“The one area I had some doubts about, was the ball moving away from the ball as opposed to towards the goal? This was a judgement call. I’m thinking is this a clear and obvious error? The referee has made a judgement.

“VAR has seen it as a clear and obvious error. As usual, when referees go to the monitor there is this almost walk of shame. In their own mind, they think ‘I must have got it wrong, that’s why I’m at the monitor’. When they get to the monitor, they probably capitulating and thinking ‘I’ll go with VAR and give a red card’.

“When the referee is issuing a red card they are certain in their own mind. There’s a question about VAR intervention.”

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