By Rob Jarvis

13th Sep, 2021 | 6:10pm

Keith Hackett: VAR would not have saved Millwall v West Brom

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League & FIFA-listed referee Keith Hackett as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at West Brom.

Keith Hackett has insisted that VAR would not have helped Millwall in their 1-1 draw with West Brom on Saturday.

Gary Rowett claimed that the technology would have overruled the decision to give the Baggies a penalty after Grady Diangana was fouled.

Hackett hit back at those claims, admitting that the defender knew exactly what he was doing and the penalty was the right call.

Speaking exclusively to West Brom News, Hackett said, “I think the problem here was that he was blocked off.

“In a way, he was unfairly impeded and therefore it’s a penalty kick. The defender knew exactly what he was doing.

“VAR would not have come in, I can guarantee you that as I don’t see that as a serious and obvious error.”


If there is one thing guaranteed, it is that Rowett will have a sulk at any decision made against his side.

That has always been the case against Millwall players and staff, who appear to think that every decision and official is against them.

Diangana was taken down clearly, and that is why the decision was made, although it counted for nothing as Karlan Grant saw his spot-kick saved.

VAR is not close to being introduced in the Championship, although you have to imagine that it will be one day in the future.

Not that it would have saved Millwall this time around, with Hackett emphatic in his response to this weekend’s claims.

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