Ex-Fifa official: Nottingham Forest and Derby County set for fines and bans after confirmed news
Nottingham Forest and Derby could be facing hefty fines and lengthy suspensions after failing to control their players.
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the scenes following Forest’s 2-1 win over their East Midlands rivals this month (22 January).
The feisty encounter saw seven yellow cards as well as a late red card for Derby’s Ravel Morrison before a brawl broke out on the City Ground pitch after the full-time whistle.
The two sides were subsequently slapped with an FA charge (27 January) for failing to control their players (Rule E20.1), with the rivals having until today (31 January) to respond.
Hackett claimed cash-strapped Derby and high-flying Nottingham Forest could be slapped with a fine for their indiscretions.
He also hinted at potential further disciplinary action if the FA find evidence of “acts of violence” within the footage.
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“I think there’ll be fines,” he told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“There’s a general reluctance from the FA to re-referee incidents. They’ll scan the footage to see if there are any acts of violence.
“If they then see that, then they may take disciplinary action in the form of bans.”
Wayne Rooney’s Derby County side are just seven points from safety in the Championship.
That is despite the Rams being handed a 21 point deduction at the start of this season.
Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest sit just two points outside the playoff places in the second tier.
Forest will be buoyed by a bumper transfer window which has seen them complete deals for three players.