Former referee reacts to Anthony Taylor performance in Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat

Former referee reacts to Anthony Taylor performance in Chelsea's FA Cup final defeat
Taylor sent off Mateo Kovacic in Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal

Former referee Keith Hackett says VAR should be ’empowered’ to do more after Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

In the second half of the Gunners’ 2-1 win, Blues midfielder Mateo Kovacic was sent for an early bath after a trip on Granit Xhaka.

Anthony Taylor gave the Croatian international a second yellow card and most have disagreed with that decision.

But VAR could not step in. The technology is only empowered to overturn straight red cards, but that must change, according to Hackett

In the second half, with Arsenal leading 2-1, Chelsea had Mateo Kovacic sent off for a challenge that the referee Taylor mistakenly decided deserved to be punished with a yellow card, the Croat’s second of the game,” he wrote in his Telegraph column.

“In my view, you could not describe it even as a foul on Granit Xhaka and, at worst, the challenge was careless as opposed to reckless. Which meant that it certainly should not have been a booking

“Television viewers and no doubt Stuart Attwell, the Var, would have agreed on watching the replay. But Attwell could not call for a review because a Var intervention is not permitted for a yellow card.

“The rule takes its lead from the disciplinary process, which similarly prevents clubs from appealing against bookings. This incident showed that on this point the law falls down, however.