Ex-Fifa referee: Andersen should get extended ban after 'farcical' Crystal Palace footage emerges
Joachim Andersen should have been sent off for Crystal Palace in their 3-3 draw with Burnley, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee admitted he was “worried” Simon Hooper is not up to the standard required to be a top-flight official.
Burnley’s Chris Wood was played in behind the Palace defence before he was brought down by Andersen, as shown on Match of the Day.
Sean Dyche told the programme it was a “farce” it went unpunished as Hooper waved play on.
A straight red card would have seen Andersen handed a three-game ban meaning he would have missed Palace’s games with Aston Villa, Leeds United and Man United.
“First of all what concerned me about this was that it was a foul, no question,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“It fulfilled the denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity in every criterion. Direction towards goal, the position of defenders – they’re not going to come in – and probability of controlling the ball. Yes, they’re all there. It’s a red card.
“He’s doesn’t blow for the free kick and I’m thinking ‘When’s the red card coming?’ It didn’t, so then I’m thinking ‘When’s the VAR coming in?’ It didn’t.
“It was a pretty poor piece of officiation. Burnley and Sean Dyche had a real case for a moan afterwards.
“I worry about this referee, I really do. He’s got a lot of work to do if he wants to prove that he’s a Premier League referee.”
The result leaves Burnley two points adrift from safety in 17th-place.
Crystal Palace are up in 10th and are only three points from the top-six.