Ex-FIFA Ref shares 'the truth' on major Swansea City controversy as Cooper fumes
Swansea City can have no complaints as Jay Fulton was shown a red card against Brentford, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee admitted he sympathised with Fulton but he left Chris Kavanagh with no choice but to send him off.
Fulton lost control when chasing a loose ball in the second half and stamped on Mathias Jensen’s heel.
Red card for Swansea! 🟥
Jay Fulton loses his footing and catches Mathias Jensen's heel – Chris Kavanagh was adamant about his decision…was it the right one? 🤔
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 29, 2021
Speaking after the game, Swansea City boss Steve Cooper suggested to Wales Online that the decision was not the right one.
Asked for his assessment of the incident, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “The red card at the end of the game, the truth is, if you go in feet first and make contact with your opponent as he did on the back of his Achilles, it’s a clear red card offence.
“That’s summed up by Kavanagh’s quick showing of the red in order to avoid retaliation and a mass confrontation.
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“The criticism I’ve got of English referees and in particular people like Chris Kavanagh and Craig Pawson and others, they’re not quick enough. He ought to have been nearer that incident. For me, he’s too laid back and a bit pedestrian and I don’t think that helps his style of refereeing.
“I understand people saying there was no internet and to an extent, I sympathise with him but why did he get in that position? Why was the body back? When you trip you fall forward, you don’t go back.
“The fact that he’s on his backside and maybe due to his fall his feet look higher. For the picture of the referee in the position that he’s at, it’s a red card.”