HOWARD WEBB wants to take Greg Barkey away from MLS to raise VAR standards in the Premier League.
After six years in charge of MLS umpires in the States, the former Prem official will oversee the top four ranks as chief umpire when he replaces Mike Riley at PGMOL later this year.
And SunSport understands Webb is keenly interested in Barkey, the US’s professional referee manager for video review operations.
VAR has again come under heavy criticism in the Prem this season.
And after “scandalous” and “embarrassing” mistakes earlier this month, an emergency review was conducted.
The chief referees were practically forced to admit that the video referees’ decisions to ban West Ham and Newcastle goals were wrong.
Hammers boss David Moyes has branded VAR official Jarred Gillett unfit for duty after he was confronted by referee Andy Madley when his side ruled out a late equalizer at Chelsea.
While Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was also moaning after VAR Lee Mason KO’d his opening goal in the 3-1 defeat by Manchester United.
And Webb, who refereed the 2010 World Cup Final, is keen to land someone with VAR experience when he returns to Britain, so Barkey has become an option.
MLS won’t want to let Barkey go due to his VAR expertise, but if a move does materialize, the position of Neil Swarbrick, the current head of VAR at PGMOL, will come under scrutiny.
The Prem have no VAR officials who travel to Qatar for November’s World Cup while US official Armando Villarreal has been selected.
Barkey has been with professional referees since 2015, initially as manager of assistant referees before becoming manager of video review operations in January 2018.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6206172/howard-webb-greg-barkey-var-premier-league/ Howard Webb is looking to bring VAR guru Greg Barkey to Prem from MLS after seeing a spate of shocking decisions