We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the West Brom News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest West Brom games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…
Keith Hackett was shocked at the officials’ decision to rule out Mbaye Diagne’s header for West Brom against Southampton.
The goal would have given Albion an early lead and Hackett was thankful the game ended in West Brom’s favour despite the poor decision-making.
The former Premier League referee described his fury watching on TV and still fears Albion could be negatively affected due to the impact it has on their goal difference.
Speaking exclusively to West Brom News, he said, “When you’re watching the game and that happens, you suddenly go to throw something through the screen. It’s so bad it’s untrue.
“The sadness is that could [have overshadowed the game].
“It didn’t influence the outcome of the game. Hopefully it will not influence the outcome of whether they’re relegated or not, because the goal difference plays a big part in that.”
Dermot Gallagher spoke out in defence of the decision [Sky Sports], finding the most dubious of reasons to justify the officials’ call to chalk the goal off.
He blamed VAR’s inability to line up Diagne with Southampton’s Jan Bednarek, even though the naked eye could quite easily see the striker was onside.
Unlike Gallagher, Hackett is not determined to stick by match officials at all costs just because he used to be one himself.
Like every Albion fan, he was outraged at the decision – the PGMOL are lucky we overcame the injustice and won the game comfortably.
Gallagher should be angry too, as should every football fan.
If we want our game to improve we cannot forgive terrible decisions and let our standards drop. At some point it will cost teams valuable points.
Hackett notes that the controversy did not overshadow the game but in reality it has done a little.
We should be talking about another good win and excellent team performance, but instead the officials are once again the centre of attention.
In other West Brom news, here is what Gallagher had to say on the matter in full.