Keith Hackett calls for PGMOL change after offside controversy in Everton v Arsenal

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Keith Hackett is calling for the PGMOL to address a gaping hole in the workings of their adjudication systems after a big flashpoint between Everton and Arsenal on Friday night.

The Blues emerged 1-0 winners from the Emirates Stadium to strengthen their bid for European football next season, but there was huge controversy when the Gunners were awarded a penalty, only for it to be ruled out due to an earlier offside.

After the foul by Richarlison on Dani Ceballos was given, VAR intervened to spare the Brazilian’s blushes with the tightest of offsides calls given against Nicolas Pepe in the moments preceding the alleged foul, with the lines out in full force on the replay.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Hackett said: “I just feel that these are nonsense decisions and we’ve got to get back to some degree of reality, and I think that the PGMOL and Premier League just have to review this and just say ‘what do you want’.

“Mike Riley [General Manager of PGMOL] will be arguing with the Premier League that this is offside, that it doesn’t matter how far the distance is, this is the law.

“Now I’m arguing on the basis that we went through a lot of hard work with goal-line technology to make certain that I could sell it to the public and sadly, I don’t think any of us in football believe the drawing of these lines are accurate enough.

“I think the first step next season would be to throw out the lines, don’t have them, operate like the MLS and if they still want the lines as clubs and PGMOL, operate like the Netherlands and give them the lines and say that when they’re together, that’s not offside.”

Future is Dutch?

ESPN journalist Dale Johnson explained on his personal Twitter profile the Eredivisie model that seems to be getting a lot of praise in the Netherlands, saying one of the key differences is that “if the final red and blue lines touch, the decision stays on field. It’s the umpire’s call.”

They also work with a “10cm margin of error on offside.”

Surely this sounds better than the current system that is clearly failing us?

This decision went our way on Friday but that’s not to say we won’t be on the receiving end next time.

Amid all the European Super League nonsense this is an issue all Premier League clubs can surely band together around and urge the authorities to change the rulings.

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