Hackett shares emphatic verdict on Vardy's disallowed goal in Leicester clash v Wolves
Jamie Vardy’s disallowed goal for Leicester City against Wolves highlighted a major officiating change for the 2021-22 season.
That is the view of ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Leicester’s 1-0 victory on Saturday.
Vardy eventually scored the afternoon’s only goal, an improved flick from a Ricardo Pereira cross, with the game approaching half-time.
He thought he had opened the scoring with 14 minutes on the clock after spinning in behind and hitting the back of the net.
But the assistant referee flagged for offside, instigating a VAR check which quickly ruled out the goal.
Hackett explains how Premier League linesmen have been given different instructions for when to raise ehri flag this season.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “The ball came in and Vardy was in an offside position, but he wasn’t active.
“But then the ball was turned towards the forward who had been in an offside position and he went to kick the ball.
“And because there was some doubt, the assistant referee raised his flag and they went to review it.
“I thought it was a really good use of VAR. But it also highlighted that the use of the delayed flag has changed.
“The assistant referees now, if the ball is down the wing and they see a player in a clear offside decision, they will now flag.
“It’s a minor change but it prevents players getting injured and reduces the need for VAR to intervene.”