Ex-Fifa official expects 'lifetime bans' as 'hugely worrying' Olise footage emerges from Crystal Palace
The Millwall fans who threw bottles at Michael Olise as Crystal Palace won 2-1 at the New Den in the FA Cup third round on Saturday (8 January) will receive lifetime bans.
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the “hugely worrying” incident.
Olise put in a fine display in the south London derby by scoring Palace’s opener and setting up the winner.
He was hit by a bottle thrown from the stands when preparing to take a corner.
The 20-year-old was shown encouraging the fans to throw more items at him.
BBC Sport reported today (10 January) that the Football Association will investigate the incident.
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“This is hugely worrying,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The individuals will actually be found out and punished accordingly. For me, it’s a lifetime ban, minimum.
“An act of frustration and on the dark side, an act of hate. It’s a very serious offence.
“Players have different ways of overcoming these things but I don’t think his actions were helpful. He can be seen to be encouraging it. That’s not right.
“Somebody will be whispering in his ear about this.
“You never know what the object is that will be thrown. Ok, it’s a plastic bottle but it can still injure. Then it becomes a coin, then it becomes a lighter. You never know with these things.
“At the moment, the gate is open and we’ve got to shut it very quickly.”
Palace will now host League Two club Hartlepool United in the fourth round.
They are next in Premier League action when they travel to rivals Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday.