Ex-Fifa official has two major concerns after Liverpool referee news confirmed
Keith Hackett has two major concerns as new Premier League referee Tom Bramall could officiate Liverpool games next season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League official praised the appointment of Bramall to the select group one of referees but warned the PGMOL’s coaching could blunt his natural talent and style.
The PGMOL confirmed last week (7 June) that the Sheffield-based 32-year-old had been promoted to the Premier League.
He has been an EFL official for the past five seasons and also took charge of the 2021-22 FA Trophy final at Wembley.
“I’ve met him but I don’t know him that well,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He’s an impressive guy, he’s got a strong personality. He’s refereed really well in a relatively short career on the EFL.
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“Interestingly mid-season I was saying ‘Have a look at this guy’. I’d seen him a couple of times on television and was impressed. I think this is the right call.
“Now I have two worries. The quality of coaching and whether that coaching says ‘Look son, this is how we referee in the Premier League’ and it starts to change, in a negative manner, this guy.
“His personality is strong, players respect him, he earns that respect so just back off and give him the freedom.
“Last season, Mike Riley appointed three referees to the Premier League and gave them nine games among them. That’s just not on.
“Tom Brammall, do what you did with Jarred Gillett and Andy Madley and give him the games.
“Nurse him through the appointments. Psychologically what you can do to help him is make him the fourth official at a ground he is going to go to referee in the following week.
“It’s possible to give him 10 appointments then we can see where we are.”