By Keith Hackett

17th Jun, 2022 | 4:00pm

Everton news: Ex-Premier League referee issues 'whacked him' claim as controversial Nathan Patterson footage analysed

Arman Hovhannisyan should have been shown a straight red card for his foul on Everton defender Nathan Patterson as Armenia lost 4-1 to Scotland in the Nations League on Tuesday (14 June).

That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Hovhannisyan crunching tackle on Nathan Patterson that used “excessive force”.

The 28-year-old was only shown cautioned for his challenge just before half-time but was shown a second yellow for a coming together with Aston Villa’s John McGinn.

Even if he had been shown a straight red card, Hovhannisyan would still only serve a one-game suspension in the Nations League, as per Uefa regulations.

That means he will miss Armenia’s home game with Ukraine in September.

“I think the first one was a red card,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“This has got excessive force, he’s endangered the safety of his opponent. Whack, he’s whacked him, that’s a red card for me.

“The referee has gone yellow then it’s pretty evident that the player’s not accepted that and he’s gone in the face of the referee.

“One of the things for players to learn is if you’ve been yellow carded get out the way, don’t try and argue. The referee’s not going to change his mind.”

Patterson moved to Everton in January but endured a frustrating first few months at Goodison Park thanks to an injury.

He made his return with Scotland after ankle surgery this month and he now has 10 caps to his name.

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