Hackett salutes Maupay for 'terrific' post-match take on Burnley-Brighton drama
Referees’ jobs would be a lot easier if every player had the attitude of Brighton striker Neil Maupay.
So says ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Brighton beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Maupay, who would later equalise for Brighton, protested that he was fouled immediately before James Tarkowski headed Burnely’s opener.
The striker was later quoted by the Independent as saying it was “100 per cent a foul” but that “referees make mistakes, we all make mistakes”.
And Hackett claims that Maupay’s gracious attitude will be welcomed as officials work to iron out inconsistencies in their game management.
“He was also getting a point in by pointing out that it was a foul,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“Referees are raising their tolerance level, but a lot of that depends on the attitude of the players.
“At the Euros and the Premier League this week, we have seen terrific attitudes from the players likes this. It makes things a lot easier.
“We are trying to find consistency in referees’ decisions. The only way you achieve that is by taking decisions like the one we saw at Burnley and reviewing them as a group of referees.
“That way you can reach a consensus over what qualifies as ‘lighter touch’ refereeing.
“Over recent years, there’s been a lot of leniency with players grappling inside the penalty area.
“We’ve seen referees ask them not to do it before the corner comes in. The corner will come in, they’ll all be grappling, and there’ll be no whistle.
“Hopefully in the coming weeks, their temperature gauge will be set as to what is and isn’t acceptable.”