Ex-Fifa referee: Conte set to 'interrogate' Skipp at Tottenham after horror reveal
Antonio Conte should “interrogate” Oliver Skipp and his yellow cards as he is set to serve a suspension at Tottenham, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee suggested clubs should invite former officials in to explain what players can and cannot do when they are embroiled in controversy.
Skipp received his fifth yellow card of the season against Everton before the international break in Conte’s first Premier League game in charge.
It will now mean the young midfielder has to sit out their game against Leeds United at the weekend.
Watford’s Emanuel Denis is the only other player to reach five yellow cards at this stage of the top-flight season.
“What the manager should look at is the number of yellow cards that he’s received and he should ask his analyst for the clips of the yellow cards the player has received,” Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
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“Sometimes, this is the technique or a lack of understanding. This balance of understanding what he can do within the laws of the game and what he can’t.
“I think the manager would take the right course of action if he interrogated and then determined how these can be avoided in the future. If that’s education, fine.
“I can’t understand why clubs within the Premier League, they have attacking coaches, defensive coaches, vision scientists, sports scientists and you suddenly say to yourself, why don’t they bring in an ex-referee and get an honest view on why this happens.
“This is what happens in rugby union, before a game they demonstrate the type of scrum or lineout they want to have and will ask a referee if the tactic is acceptable.
“There’s a shortfall in terms of clubs spending a few quid to get someone in to say ‘These are the areas you need to avoid’.”