Gareth Roberts is joined by former Premier League manager Danny Wilson to chat about the week’s issues in football, including VAR, the importance of the FA Cup and Declan Rice’s international switch.
As teething troubles around VAR continue to persist, we talk to Danny about his thoughts on the introduction of video assisted refereeing following the controversy of Ajax’s disallowed goal versus Real Madrid in the Champions League.
“It was a shame,” Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said afterwards. “The officials have given us different explanations. I’ve seen the images. Maybe we would need to see it from a different angle. I don’t consider it to be offside.”
From the same game, Sergio Ramos’s 89th-minute yellow card is coming under scrutiny after the Real Madrid defender appeared to admit that he sought to get booked to trigger a ban before the quarter-final stage. It sparked talk around the ‘darker arts’ of the game – is that a conversation managers ever have with players?
“Yes, the truth is that, looking at the result, it was something I had in mind,” Ramos said after the game when asked about the booking. “It’s not to underestimate the rival. But sometimes you have to make decisions and that’s what I decided.”
Dani Carvajal was given a two-match ban in December 2017 for what UEFA considered a deliberate booking against APOEL.
The FA Cup returns this weekend and as a former manager who enjoyed a giant-killing victory with Barnsley against Manchester United, we ask Danny his thoughts on the state of – and remaining importance – of the competition.
Finally, after Declan Rice announced his decision to switch from representing the Republic of Ireland to competing for a place in the England squad, we talk international football with Danny, who won 24 caps for Northern Ireland, giving his opinion on the rules that allow Rice to make the switch despite winning three international caps for the Republic.