Featured content Hackett’s Verdict | Well done Felix Brych
Well done to Felix Brych, one of the Worlds finest referees.
With difficult underfoot conditions and players slipping whilst challenging for the ball his decision making was consistent throughout, and of a high standard.
Switzerland v Northern Ireland was played like a game of chess and both teams had plenty of chances to score.
His two Assistants remained alert and were spot on with their offside decision making when required.
It is difficult to understand why FIFA did not appoint one of their top experienced referees to the first leg. England’s Martin Atkinson would have been the ideal candidate or Bjorn Keipers who was rightly appointed to a second leg playoff game.
What a pity that over the two legs the right to go to the World Cup Finals hinged on an incorrect Penalty decision.
The time for VAR is now and the process for change in football is far too long.