Former referee Keith Hackett has hit out at a controversial VAR decision during Newcastle’s match against Brighton.
In what ended a lifeless 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium, the main talking point came from Pascal Gross’ elbow on Danny Rose. The Brighton playmaker made contact with the full-back in what the 76-year-old has described as a deliberate action.
Referee Simon Hooper did not react to the incident and VAR failed to intervene, whereas Hackett feels that Gross should have been shown a red card.
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“He’s looked around to see where the other player is and done him,” the ex-official told Football Insider. “It’s a deliberate act using the elbow as a weapon and he should have been sent off.”
The Seagulls needed one point to secure their safety in the Premier League next season and they achieved that despite the quiet performance. Out of 23 shots taken through the game between both teams, only four were on target, which made for a laid-back evening for the goalkeepers (via BBC Sport).
“I was surprised the VAR wasn’t used, in fact I’m disappointed because the referee has been let down badly,” Hackett continued. “I don’t know if the VAR was sleeping on the job but these sort of things can’t happen.
“The player stayed on when in fact he should have gone.”
Newcastle are currently 13th in the Premier League table on 49 points, behind Everton only on goal difference. The Magpies have just one match remaining of the 2019/20 season and they will play host to champions Liverpool at St James’ Park, when hopefully there will not be anything of a controversial nature like the incident between Gross and Rose on Monday.
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