Ex-Fifa official hits out at Calvin Bassey as ex-Rangers star caught up in controversy
Former Rangers defender Calvin Bassey can have no complaints after he was sent off on his Ajax debut on Saturday (30 July), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee suggested Bassey must learn the difference in refereeing on the continent.
The 22-year-old was shown a red card just 14 minutes after coming off the bench as Ajax were beaten 5-3 by PSV in the Johan Cruyff Shield.
He was given his marching orders for a late challenge on Ismael Saibari in the 78th minute when the score was 2-2.
As quoted by Glasgow Live, Ajax manager Alfred Schreuder admitted the red card was “decisive” and the tackle was “too wild”.
Cody Gakpo, Guus Till and one-time Rangers target Xavi Simons all scored after Bassey’s red card to round off PSV’s victory over the Eredivisie champions.
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“He’s going to get red in Europe for that,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“This is the difference. He’s gone in and is too high, that’s red.
“The referee is superbly positioned. He’s gone and it’s a red card, I don’t think the referee has got that wrong. I believe that is the right judgement.”
Bassey moved to Ajax from Rangers for an initial £20million fee earlier this summer (20 July) and has signed a five-year deal with the Dutch giants.
The Nigeria international ended his Gers career with 65 appearances across all competitions, including a man-of-the-match display against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final.