Former referee Keith Hackett criticised Oliver Langford after his controversial decision to award West Brom a penalty against Preston last night.
Albion picked up all three points thanks to Charlie Austin’s 90th minute spot-kick but North End were understandably furious after winger Kyle Edwards dived to win the penalty.
And, Hackett gave his thoughts about the incident on Twitter this morning, claiming the official had guessed.
In refereeing you cannot guess. I harp on about the fitness and movement of referees on the field of play.Webb, Collina and CLATTENBURG set the benchmark. The game needs more athletic officials. Ref was detached from play and guessed and got it wrong. https://t.co/2ABduqQl9y
— KEITH HACKETT (@HACKETTREF) December 3, 2019
“In refereeing you cannot guess. I harp on about the fitness and movement of referees on the field of play. Webb, Collina and Clattenburg set the benchmark. The game needs more athletic officials. Ref was detached from play and guessed and got it wrong.”
The result was a significant one for the Baggies, with Slaven Bilic’s side moving back to the top of the Championship following the victory. More importantly, they hold a seven-point advantage over third placed Fulham heading into the hectic festive period.
Edwards could face punishment for his actions, with the FA able to ban players for two games for deceiving a match official – as Dwight Gayle found out for Albion last season.
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You have to agree with Hackett here because it clearly was a guess from the ref as anyone who saw it properly will have seen it wasn’t a foul by the keeper.
Of course, you have sympathy for Langford as having players willing to throw themselves to the floor so easily does not help at all.
But, it was a huge decision that he got wrong and it cost Preston a crucial point and has had a big impact on the promotion race.
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