By Keith Hackett

7th Nov, 2022 | 4:09pm

Ex-Fifa official: Referee needs to retire after controversial Morgan Gibbs-White footage emerges from Nottingham Forest

Andre Marriner needs to retire as a referee after his performance in Brentford’s 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest on Saturday (5 November), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after Morgan Gibbs-White’s penalty appeal was turned down during the game.

As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, Brentford were awarded a spot-kick for Dean Henderson’s foul on Yoane Wissa at the end of the first half but Forest had three similar appeals turned down.

In the first half, Emmanuel Dennis went down after a challenge from Mathias Jensen and Ryan Yates felt he was pushed.

After the break, Gibbs-White wanted a penalty after he appeared to be tripped by Ben Mee.

Steve Cooper told the BBC after the game that if Brentford deserved a penalty then his side deserved three.

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“I’m agreeing with what the manager, Cooper, says – if you give the one you give all four,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“What we had was an inconsistency of law application during this game. The PGMOL stated at the beginning of the season that minimal contact would not be punished.

“In these instances, there was minimal contact. On three out of four, he’s taken the view that it’s not a penalty kick.

“The referee’s in a great position for the Morgan Gibbs-White appeal.

“When players lose confidence and trust in a referee’s decision making they make life very difficult for them by going to ground much easier than they would do normally.

“I think this is symptomatic of Andre Marriner. I feel he should retire and be a VAR operator.”

In other news, Dean Henderson should be banned as controversial Nottingham Forest footage emerges.