Pundit and former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has called for VAR to be introduced in the Championship and leagues below.

His passionate rant, live on talkSPORT, came after watching two matches in the second-tier over the weekend.

One of those was Preston North End's away clash at Blackburn Rovers, which the Lilywhites lost 1-0 at Ewood Park.

Ben Brereton Diaz' second half goal won the Lancashire derby for Rovers, but PNE had a late penalty shout turned down when Josh Earl's cross struck the arm of Ryan Nyambe.

North End head coach Frankie McAvoy felt it should've been given but captain Alan Browne wasn't convinced.

Jordan, however, was left baffled by what he had seen and feels the football pyramid needs to be given the same support as the Premier League.

"I wanted to watch a bit of Championship football because I don't think we talk enough about Championship and EFL football sometimes," he told talkSport. "I was watching a couple of games, West Brom vs Coventry and Blackburn vs Preston.

"There were decisions in those games that even the most obtuse of commentators were suggesting that these goals wouldn't have stood in the Premier League.

"You start to look at it and go 'well this is the league that feeds the Premier League' - so with due respect, how can this be less important? Arguably it is more important in this league because of the financial implications of trying to get into the Premier League, trying to stay in this division, the disparity in wages and drip-down effect in the Championship.

"So it becomes almost unfathomable why professional football isn't able to provide solutions all the way down the pyramid. There needs to be some funding made available but not at the club's expense - at football's expense - to bring the standard of professional football (up).

"Every club, in the pyramid, should have VAR, or technology, available to it because games are no less important in the Championship, League One and League Two. The only difference is the cost implications and football needs to look at itself properly to say 'we can't have one brand of football, one outcome in the Premier League and a different outcome in the Championship'.

"It becomes a different game of football."

Host Jim White supported Jordan by adding: "Two glaring examples back up your argument Simon - Coventry fans unhappy with a handball in the build-up to West Brom's second goal, which was missed by the officials.

"And Preston denied a penalty, which seemed to be a clear penalty kick, after a handball in the recent defeat to Blackburn."

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