Everton news: Ex-PL ref issues 'unusual' verdict on Gordon controversy

By Keith Hackett

23rd Oct, 2022 | 12:00pm

Ex-Fifa official issues 'unusual' Anthony Gordon verdict as Everton controversy analysed

Keith Hackett has suggested Everton winger Anthony Gordon is the most cautioned player in the Premier League because of his temperament.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Fifa and Premier League official claimed it is “unusual” to see a winger at the top of the yellow cards chart.

Gordon was cautioned in Everton’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United on Wednesday (19 October).

It was the sixth time the England under-21 international has received a yellow card this season – no player in the Premier League has been given more.

As quoted by the Liverpool Echo (19 October), Frank Lampard suggested Gordon has an undeserved reputation among officials.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on why Gordon is the most cautioned player in the division this term, Hackett said: “It is unusual wingers at the top of the charts.

“What is his temperament like? Is he being cautioned for an offence or is he being cautioned because he has a loose tongue?

“The referee has a step management process. At this level, a referee will have a quiet word with the player first. The second step is bringing the captain over and having a conversation with him.

“You tell them both that if there is no improvement a card will be handed out. A lot of that process is in play.

“Gordon needs some advice.”

In other news, a former Fifa official tells Everton manager Frank Lampard to hold a meeting with the PGMOL as Marouane Fellaini is cited.