Hackett: This is how VAR could have overturned Perez handball v Chelsea
Keith Hackett has insisted the right decision was made by allowing Leicester City’s goal against Chelsea in the FA Cup final to stand despite the ball striking Ayoze Perez’s arm in the build-up.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former referee who officiated the 100th FA Cup final in 1981 claimed if the incident happened in the penalty area the goal would have been chalked off.
Perez blocked Reece James’ pass with his knee before it hit his hand and he then passed the ball to Youri Tielemans.
OOHHH YOURI TIELEMANS! 🔥
One of the great #EmiratesFACupFinal goals!
Such a sweet strike into the top corner, and just listen to that roar 😍 pic.twitter.com/QZtg7C4jMe
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 15, 2021
The Belgian then scored one of the best goals in recent FA Cup history that secure the Foxes the trophy for the first time.
“It would have been very harsh to award a free-kick against the player that was alleged to have handled the ball,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“What happened was, he’s put his body forward to block the ball and it’s stuck his arm. He’s not made the arm or his body shape any larger. For me, it’s not a foul.
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“In the context of accidental handball, there was a number of moves before the goal was scored.
“I thought that was handled well and nothing came of it as the game was allowed to carry on.
“Under the law, if this was in the penalty area and close to a goal you might be penalised it. But it wasn’t. It was in open play with plenty of chance for the defending team to defend. Good decision and good that the VAR didn’t come in.”