By Mark Smith

10th Jan, 2022 | 10:30am

Keith Hackett questions VAR after West Ham goal v Leeds United

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the MOT Leeds News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest Leeds United games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…

Keith Hackett has insisted that West Ham should have had their first goal disallowed against Leeds United in the FA Cup.

The ex-Premier League referee questioned why VAR didn’t utilise their lines when reviewing the footage, with Jarrod Bowen making a deliberate play at the ball.

Bowen didn’t touch the ball but was heavily involved in the play when jumping across Illan Meslier who spilt possession for Manuel Lanzini to score.

“That should have been ruled out for offside,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“I think Bowen was in an offside position when the ball was played, and then he became active – it was a tight call, but it’s offside.

“I do think that was one where VAR was in operation, we didn’t see the lines. If the system is working and giving benefit of the doubt to the forward consistently, then ok, but on this occasion, if we look at the law – he’s offside.

“He’s very lucky to have that goal allowed. Did he impact the play? He’s in an offside position, he’s made a deliberate play for the ball, therefore the goal should be ruled out.”


Liam Cooper summed this up best when he labelled it a “shambles” on Twitter while watching the game from home.

Bowen couldn’t have been more involved in play and yet he was still deemed to have not interfered given that the goal stood.

Hackett makes a great point, too, why weren’t the lines drawn? That would have shown that Bowen was clearly offside.

The PGMOL and their officials clearly don’t know how to use their own technology, with shocking decisions being made every single week.

Time for change, something needs to be made better.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared if the Whites are in the ‘advanced’ stages of any January signings