Keith Hackett wowed by officiating in West Ham WSL game
Keith Hackett was left stunned by the work of the assistant referee in a WSL game involving West Ham and Reading.
The former Premier League referee was impressed as the assistant managed to spot the ball go over the line in the Irons’ 2-2 draw with Reading [Chris Slegg].
This is even more impressive because there is no goalline technology or VAR in the WSL.
Speaking exclusively to the West Ham Zone, Hackett said: “I mean that is absolutely brilliant from the assistant referee to make that call.
“I think that’s a brilliant call by the assistant.”
As you can see from the image, the ball was clearly over the line, but to spot that in real-time is very impressive, and you have to understand why Hackett was so impressed.
The decision went against the Irons as they were 2-0 up, and this goal contributed to them drawing 2-2 with the Royals.
In the Premier League, goalline technology prevents anything like this from happening, so fair play to the assistant for spotting the goal and awarding it.
Many other people could easily have missed this goal, and the game could have ended entirely differently; however, incidents like this highlight the issues within the WSL.
VAR might be much harder to introduce because the Premier League is the only division in which it is available.
However, goalline technology is something that should be in the WSL to make it more equal to other leagues, and you would hope that incidents like this encourage the authorities to try and introduce it.
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