Ex-Fifa referee: 'Authorities have got it wrong' as ruling made on Swansea v Cardiff controversy
Keith Hackett has claimed the “authorities got it wrong” as Swansea City escaped punishment for their celebrations during their 3-0 win over Cardiff City last month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted “the law was clearly broken” by Swansea during their derby day victory.
The hosts opened the scoring through Jamie Paterson who celebrated with a ‘swim away’ gesture that manager Russell Martin also performed.
It was a reference to a clash between supporters outside the old Vetch Field in the 1980s.
Jonjo Shelvey received a written warning for performing the celebration in a south Wales derby in 2013.
Cardiff wrote to the police and the FA over “issues” at the game last month.
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The BBC reported last week (November 11) Swansea City will face no disciplinary action after a review.
“You cannot ignore the impact of a crowd surge that goal celebrations can in fact spark,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“In the last week, we saw the concert in America where there was a crowd surge and 10 people died.
“This is the whole reason why seating was introduced because of the effect of Hillsborough.
“For me, the authorities have got it wrong by not issuing a sanction of a fine on that occasion.
“The risk they take is just allowing players to do their own thing. I’m sorry, that’s not within the laws of the game. If it’s not within the laws of the game, why have they not applied a sanction? The law was clearly broken.”