Ravel Morrison: Ex-Fifa official demands radical change after Derby controversy analysed
Keith Hackett has claimed the Football League “needs VAR” after controversy in Derby County’s 2-0 loss at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League official is adamant Wayne Rooney’s side should have been awarded a penalty at the Vitality Stadium.
Derby County appealed for a spot kick when Ravel Morrison was caught from behind by Leif Davis.
However, referee Andrew Madley did not adjudge a foul to have been made and waved played on, much to the dismay of the visitors.
As quoted by the Derby Telegraph (12 March), Rams boss Rooney was left fuming by the officials failure to spot “a clear penalty”.
According to The Times‘ Martyn Ziegler (17 February), the Football League and Women’s Super League aim to bring in a VAR-light system as a cheaper alternative to that used in the Premier League.
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Hackett suggested it cannot come soon enough for the Championship.
“He (Davis) has clipped him (Morrison),” he told Football Insider. “There’s no doubt.
“When a defender sticks out a leg like that and plants it, which he has done, you are running the risk. That should be a penalty.
“I’ve had a fan write to me and ask me where he can complain about the standard of refereeing in the Championship.
“They need VAR. The debate is a little bit similar to that in Scotland – can they afford it?
“Fifa are developing VAR-light which in effect is a cheaper option. That could be the way the Football League goes.”