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Jordan Pickford's tackle on Van Dijk compared to Keane's lunge on Haaland

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Hackett likened Everton keeper Pickford’s lunge to Roy Keane’s infamous tackle on Leeds midfielder Alf Inge Haaland in 2001 when David Elleray sent off the former Manchester United hard man.

Former Premier League referee Hackett insists Michael Oliver missed the “worst and easiest” decision of the season after failing to send off Jordan Pickford for his X-rated challenge on Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

Keith Hackett believes refereeing standards are in a “bad place” - and VAR is actually making things worse.

You have to go back to the Roy Keane incident at Leeds where he’s gone out to hurt Alf Inge Haaland to see one as bad.

I don’t think anyone in football buys into it.

With the VAR cameras on most offsides you have cameras operating on 50 frames a second.

Why didn’t Michael Oliver see it?
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