England legend Sir Geoff Hurst jokes VAR would have ‘been indecisive like it is today’ in 1966 World Cup final at Wembley

Sir Geoff Hurst has joked VAR would have been unable to determine if his second goal in the 1966 World Cup final should have stood.

The former England striker scored a memorable hat-trick to seal a 4-2 win over West Germany to secure what remains to be the Three Lions’ only World Cup triumph.

However, for years fans have questioned whether his second goal in the second half completely crossed the line or not.

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Sir Geoff Hurst joked about how VAR would have been used in the 1966 World Cup final
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Ahead of England’s 1000th game against Montenegro, Adrian Durham asked the West Ham United legend whether or not the goal should have stood and Sir Geoff could not resist having a cheeky dig.

Ahead of the Wembley spectacle, Durham asked: “Was it over the line?”

Hurst replied: “Have you got German parentage?

“Listen, had VAR been around today, it would have categorically been indecisive like it is today!”

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The former West Ham United striker celebrated instantly, despite replays failing to clarify if the ball crossed the line
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It comes in the wake of the news that fans can expect to be provided with more detailed information during video assistant referee (VAR) checks from next month, the Premier League has announced.

VAR has come in for heavy criticism from clubs and supporters alike over lengthy delays and a lack of clarity over precisely what is being looked at.

Representatives of the 20 top-flight clubs gathered in central London for a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday, with referees’ chief Mike Riley admitting to the delegates that improvements to VAR were required.

While there was no change in policy over the use of pitchside monitors – which will continue to be used sparingly in a bid to keep the game flowing – from December supporters can expect to be given more information about what is being checked.

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VAR has caused controversy throughout the Premier League season
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“Going forward and working within the IFAB (International Football Association Board) protocol, there will be increased information made available to attending fans and viewers watching around the world,” a Premier League statement said.

“This will explain in more detail what is being checked. Importantly, the Premier League will continue to show the definitive clip or image for all overturned decisions in stadia, and remains the only major European league to do so.”

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