Ex-Fifa official: Man United set for FA charge as controversial Cristiano Ronaldo footage emerges
Man United and Aston Villa may be charged by the FA for failing to control their players during Villa’s 2-1 win on Sunday (6 November), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after tempers boiled over between Cristiano Ronaldo and Tyrone Mings.
As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 programme, the pair tussled in the Aston Villa penalty area in the second half as Alejandro Garnacho tried to play in a cross.
It prompted a mass confrontation with players from both sides attempting to break up Ronaldo and Mings.
Referee Anthony Taylor showed both players yellow cards.
“Clearly something’s been said,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“I expect both teams to be charged for failing to control their players even though it was a mini confrontation.
“If you look at it, what’s going off there? Its a nonsense between Ronaldo and Mings.
“It might well be that because the referee, Anthony Taylor, has cleverly got the two offending players – the instigator and the offender – and shown them a yellow card might just get them away from an FA charge for failing to control their players. It might.
“They are rather fortunate that the ball is out of play.”
Ronaldo has now been shown two yellow cards in his last three Premier League games as his frustrations at Man United continue.
Mings has been cautioned twice this term after starting 12 of Aston Villa’s 13 Premier League games.