Ex-Premier League referee 'cringes' after analysing Leicester-Burnley footage
VAR’s decision to disallow Burnely hitman Chris Wood’s last-gasp strike against Leicester City for offside was cringeworthy.
So says ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 2-2 draw at the King Power on 25 September.
Wood‘s would-be headed winner was overruled in the 95th minute after a marginal offside call.
The New Zealand international was deep into his celebrations before VAR official Jonathan Moss struck off the goal.
Hackett admitted the decision was correct but claimed he would like to see more leeway given to the attacking player.
He told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitely: “I think the only one that I’ve really cringed at was the Burnley one at Leicester.
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“That, to me, looked like one of those where it was just his toe. But generally, the marginal offsides have settled down.
“The broader lines that they are using are saying that these tight calls are not getting punished. But I did worry about the one at Leicester.
“Technically, it was offside. His foot was offside. VAR operated correctly on it and the decision was accurate.
“But I still feel there needs to be a change in the law because we are still talking about decisions that are very close.
“Neither the attacking player or the defending player were able to react. Is that fair?
“That margin of error needs to be even bigger, in my book. I am suggesting that I would like the line to be broader.”