By Keith Hackett

17th May, 2022 | 6:00am

Ex-Fifa official: Mikel Arteta should get FA charge after Arsenal controversy

Keith Hackett has called on the FA to charge Mikel Arteta for his comments after his Arsenal side were beaten 3-0 by Tottenham last week (12 May).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Arteta needs to arrange a meeting with the PGMOL so they can explain the laws of the game.

The 40-year-old was upset that Spurs were awarded an early penalty and Rob Holding was sent off in the first half.

He told Sky Sports after the game that referee Paul Tierney should give a post-match interview and if he said what he really thought about his performance he would receive a six-month ban.

Asked whether a post-match interview from Tierney would have helped, Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley: “No, because the referee would have said ‘I applied the law accurately so I am satisfied with my performance’.

“That’s what I would say if I was the referee.

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“Here is another manager who needs to sit down with the PGMOL. He’ll do that in pre-season because he’ll be with other managers. He needs to go to the training ground, as I did with Arsene Wenger, and have an open discussion about the rights and wrongs.

“Arteta clearly has a lack of confidence in the match officials. There’s a blame culture and thinks the failings of his team are down to the referees and not the case.

“If the FA is doing their job, they should charge Arteta. By the very nature of what he’s said, he’s undermining the match officials.

“If the FA don’t act they are failing in their duty.”

In other news, Arsenal have been tipped to complete a ‘tremendous signing’ to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after a critical update.