Keith Hackett

Keith Hackett is a former football referee, who began refereeing in local leagues in the Sheffield, South Yorkshire area in the 1960s and went on to officiate Olympic and European Championship matches in the 1980s and Premier League football matches in the 1990s. Keith is counted amongst the top 100 referees of all time and is a former head of the Professional Game Match Officials, which manages the refereeing across all Premier League and Football League matches.

Keith started writing for caughtoffside in 2021.

Keith Hackett column: PGMOL deserve praise despite Martin Atkinson’s wrong penalty award at Newcastle
There was no doubt in my mind that last season we witnessed, on a weekly basis, the worst standard of officiating in the...
Keith Hackett: Look out for Premier League referees’ new guidelines in action this weekend
Experienced Paul Tierney, a safe pair of hands, took control of the Leicester City v Manchester City Community Shield game and he...
Keith Hackett column: With Man City buying Jack Grealish for £100m, I have to ask: ‘Has the game gone mad?’
This weekend saw the start of a new season with the opening games of the English Football League, Championship. Leagues One and...
Keith Hackett column: VAR checks for potential offside decisions were flawed
Will we see wider lines used on the VAR system operating on the Premier League this coming season ? The way VAR...
Keith Hackett column: Mike Riley must be moved on for the good of the English game at the elite level
The recent European Championship exposed and underpinned what I have been stating for several years now. That the standard of officiating in...
Keith Hackett column: The lack of succession planning by PGMOL will hopefully change with four new refereeing appointments this season
I have over many years been critical of the lack of a real succession plan been operated by the Professional Game Match...
Keith Hackett column: Jorginho should’ve been sent off in Euro 2020 final for serious foul play against Jack Grealish
To be appointed to officiate the Euro 2020 Final is a huge accomplishment for Bjorn Kuipers, a multi-millionaire supermarket owner. His company...
Keith Hackett column: Slow-motion VAR replays at Euro 2020 are unfair and Marcus Danielson red card was harsh example
The way that foul challenges are being reviewed in the VAR process at Euro 2020 is something that I’m becoming very concerned...
Keith Hackett column: Anthony Taylor among best refs at Euro 2020 but English officials need PGMOL action to avoid another season of VAR farce
We have all witnessed some top class officiating in this tournament and UEFA’s Head of Refereeing Roberto Rossetti, a former FIFA Italian...
Keith Hackett column: Four new referees will be promoted to the Premier League and I’m particularly impressed by Jarred Gillett
Throughout last season I expressed concerns about the falling standards in the quality of officiating in the English Premier League. To some...
Keith Hackett column: English refs on form at Euro 2020 and it is great to see divers are not conning anyone
It’s completely refreshing to see that the refereeing standards in the main during Euro 2020 have been terrific.   Indeed, what a...