The decision to disallow Dani Ceballos’ goal for Arsenal in their 1-1 draw with Fulham was “sad” and a “nonsense application of VAR”.
That is the view of former FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane claimed you could “clearly see” Bukayo Saka was offside in the build-up.
Saka controlled Gabriel Martinelli’s ball into the box before passing it to Hector Bellerin whose cross was nodded in at the back post by Ceballos for what he thought was his first Premier League goal.
However, after it was reviewed by VAR the goal was ruled out and Keane told Sky Sports at half-time it was clearly the correct decision.
“I think it’s sad that a goal like that is ruled out because of the nonsense application of VAR and its lines,” Hackett told Football insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Teams and supporters deserve to see goals. MLS has confirmed for this season again that lines will not be used.
“It’s a tight call but why don’t we just operate clear and obvious for offside? It’s my opinion, but a good goal has been ruled out. It shouldn’t have even been reviewed.
“If I was a manager of a team I’d say to players ‘Don’t wear white boots’.
“Roy Keane can be sarcastic in his comments but he says it’s clearly offside. OK, I don’t believe that.
“I believe that if you look closely, you’ve got a heel ahead of the opponent if you look that closely.
“But what Roy Keane is forgetting is that the actual system that brings up those lines and the photograph is flawed.”