Hackett rubbishes MOTD pundit's claim as 'violent' exchange missed in Arsenal-Man City clash
Michah Richards is talking rubbish – Callum Chambers was fouled and Man City’s second goal against Arsenal should not have stood.
So says ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Arsenal were hammered 5-0 at the Etihad last Saturday.
The Gunners protested that Ferran Torres’ strike in the 12th minute should have been disallowed after Aymeric Laporte appeared to shove Chambers.
Speaking on Match of the Day, ex-City man Richards dismissed the claims, arguing: “He’s claiming for a foul but he’s supposed to be a big, strong centre-half.”
But Hackett insists that Chambers was indeed fouled immediately before City’s goal and that it should have been chalked off.
“You can’t say this is about strength,” he told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitely.
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“Strength is about challenges and tackling, not about the illegal use of hand and arm
“I think this was a foul. We are playing a game called football, and we play with our feet.
“You have to have self-control. A player has no right to put their hand in the face of their opponent.
“Therefore, when he does that, he’s at risk of it being deemed violent. For me, it’s clear.
“Yes, he’s being held and, yes, he’s trying to break away, but in breaking away, he almost slaps his opponent across the face.
“That’s an action you can’t ignore. I think Arsenal had a very clear case on this one. The second goal should not have counted.”