Ex-Fifa official: Referee set for dressing down after James Tarkowski flashpoint at Everton
The head of the PGMOL Mike Riley should be questioning referee Craig Pawson after he ignored James Tarkowski’s head injury just before Bournemouth’s 3-0 win over Everton on Saturday (12 November).
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about how Tarkowski’s head injury was treated.
As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, the 29-year-old came together with Dominic Solanke as a cross went into the Everton penalty area.
He fell to the ground immediately and stayed down as Bournemouth kept the ball alive and Kieffer Moore eventually scored his side’s second goal.
Frank Lampard claimed after the game that the referee had got the decision “completely wrong”.
“The referees have got to be told that when there’s a head injury to a player, they stop the game completely,” Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
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“I don’t think that was good enough from the referee. I’ll be honest with you, if I was the boss of the referees, I’d have been on the phone with that referee already. I would then use it as part of a discussion with the main group of the referees.
“I want them to review it. The PGMOL and the clubs need to review the procedures on head injuries. When a player goes down with a head injury on a football field, the game has to be stopped immediately. Don’t take any risks.
“He’s in the goal area, that was a nonsense. Was the referee aware? It was clear for all to see.
“Stop the game immediately and the ball doesn’t go in the back of the net. If you’re blowing and it goes in the back of the net you can say ‘Sorry, it’s more important to have the player safe’.”