Ex-Fifa official: Morgan Gibbs-White should be fined as Nottingham Forest investigation revealed
Morgan Gibbs-White can expect a fine or warning letter for his comments after Nottingham Forest were held to a 2-2 draw by Brentford on Saturday (5 November), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted that Gibbs-White cannot claim that Nottingham Forest were “cheated” out of the three points.
Forest felt they had three strong shouts for penalties, including for Ben Mee’s challenge on Gibbs-White in the second half.
Brentford were awarded a penalty for a similar challenge by Dean Henderson on Yoane Wissa at the end of the first half.
Gibbs-White told Sky Sports after the game Forest were “cheated out of the three points”.
The Athletic reported on Monday (7 November) that the FA are investigating the 22-year-old’s comments.
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“You cannot use the word ‘cheated’,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Therefore, expect a fine or a warning letter.
“This is the difficulty of post-match interviews immediately after the game. Everyone is disappointed, everyone is full of passion and all that goes with it.
“The approach that his manager Steve Cooper should take is knock on the referee’s door, and say to Andre Marriner, who is a nice guy, ‘Talk me through these four decisions mate. Justify them or explain to me what I don’t understand in law and am not getting right’.
“It’s all four are penalties or none are.”
The FA confirmed last week (4 November) that Cooper had been fined £8,000 for implying referee bias in his comments after Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 loss to Wolves last month (15 October).
Cooper’s father, Keith Cooper, was a Premier League referee between 1993 and 1996.