Ex-Fifa referee 'surprised' by Andersen news as controversial Palace-Newcastle picture emerges
Joachin Andersen was lucky to escape a red card for his challenge on Ryan Fraser in Crystal Palace’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the challenge that saw Andersen shown a yellow card.
The Palace defender was challenging Fraser for a loose ball with a high foot while Fraser went in with his head.
Andersen was shown a yellow card for the offence just after a quarter of an hour at Selhurst Park.
A red card would have seen him miss Palace’s Premier League games with Man City, Wolves and Burnley.
Asked for his assessment of the incident after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, Hackett said: “It’s an interesting one.
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“In Atletico Madrid against Liverpool earlier in the week there was a very similar incident when the player got a red card as there was blood splattered across his face. I supported the referee.
“There are no doubts from me that that boot was head high and he’s endangered the safety of an opponent.
“It seems to me that Mike Riley needs to sit down with his referees and determine a boot above the shoulder has got to be penalised. It really is dangerous.
“I listen to the arguments ‘He was clearing the ball and there was no malice in it’ but the player has a duty of care towards his opponent.
“I think he’s very lucky to escape a red card on that one.
“The whole point is it endangers the safety of the player. I don’t think he was ducking down.
“I’m surprised this wasn’t shouted about much and died a death. For me, that was a red card.
“A second potential red card in a week for Palace after McArthur against Arsenal.”