By Keith Hackett

20th Dec, 2021 | 6:00pm

Ex-Fifa referee issues verdict on Nottingham Forest v Hull City penalty as McCann slams 'absolute howler'

Nottingham Forest should not have been awarded a penalty in their 2-1 win over Hull City at the weekend (18 December), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted it was Alex Mighten who fouled George Honeyman and not the other way round.

The pair came together in the 55th minute with City leading 1-0 as it appeared Honeyman took the ball from Mighten who then fell to the ground.

He was preparing for a shot but seemed to kick Honeyman, as shown on the highlights posted to Hull City’s Youtube channel.

Lewis Grabban converted from the spot before turning provider for Forest’s winner via Brennan Johnson just over 15 minutes later.

As quoted by Hull Live (18 December), City boss Grant McCann claimed the decision was an “absolute howler” and “embarrasing” from referee John Busby.

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“I don’t think this was a penalty kick,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I thought it was the Nottingham Forest player who had fouled the Hull City player. It was the wrong decision.

“The referee is in a great position, he’s looking right at it.

“It’s not a penalty kick for me. The Hull manager has got every justification in his post-match comments.

“You can be really close to play [as a referee] and you get something different. These are easier calls to make once you’ve looked at the video.”

The result ended City’s unbeaten run of six games in the Championship.

Forest have now won their last three in the division under Steve Cooper and are unbeaten in their last nine.

In other news, Rennes and Borussia Monchengladbach are racing to sign a Hull City star.