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Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett believes VAR “stitched up” Anthony Taylor by awarding Manchester City a penalty in their 4-4 draw with Chelsea, and has urged for the regulations to be changed. Chelsea and City battled for 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, which might go down as an instant Premier League classic.
Both teams went on the offensive from the first whistle in the action-packed contest, but there was also drama. The most contentious moment came in the first half, when VAR upheld Taylor’s decision to punish Marc Cucurella for fouling Erling Haaland in the box.
Although replays looked to show both players pulling at each other’s shirts, VAR appeared to focus on Cucurella’s part as the ball was whipped into the box. VAR upheld the on-field judgement after Taylor pointed to the spot, and City seized the lead when Haaland put the spot-kick away.
Hackett believes the decision was not overturned in part because the VAR official did not consider it was a “clear and obvious” error. But the 79-year-old wants that rule repealed because he believes it prevents some choices from being corrected.
“Taylor, one of the best referees in the country, was decisive in pointing to the spot without hesitation, but I think he needed another look,” he wrote for the Telegraph. This is where I disagree with the VAR.
“We don’t know what Taylor saw from his vantage point; presumably, he didn’t see Haaland’s contact, but he did catch Cucurella’s foul.” Taylor should have been advised by the VAR that he needed a second look at what transpired.