Ex-PL Ref issues misconduct claim as Jordan Henderson fumes at Liverpool - 'I understand...'
The FA cannot quicken up their disciplinary process despite the wishes of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee suggested Henderson may be left “embittered” after he was accused of racism by Arsenal’s Gabriel.
The pair clashed during Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Liverpool last month (9 October) as Gabriel accused the 32-year-old of using a Portuegese slur.
Henderson was eventually cleared but it took three weeks for the FA to make their ruling after an investigation.
The Daily Mail reported last week (18 November) that the England midfielder now wants the FA to fast-track all misconduct cases involving allegations of racist language.
“The quicker you can act on disciplinary issues the better but there is a process that has to be followed very clearly,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“The FA will write to both clubs for their observations, they will write to the referee for their observations and then the legal eagles will get around it.
“They’ve got to determine what evidence they have to either throw it out or bring a charge. It’s not as simple as saying he did it yesterday so we’ll get a result today.
“You take weeks and weeks to gather the information before you can make a charge.
“I have to say that the FA and the independent panel deal with these very efficiently because they have to gather the evidence.
“I’ve no doubts they will have very strong evidence before they charge anybody.
“Ultimately, I can understand where Jordan Henderson is coming from.
“We had this with Mark Clattenburg and it took several weeks after Chelsea accused him of making racist comments.
“I’m telling you it is not easy for Jordan Henderson and it wasn’t easy for Mark Clattenburg. It takes a while for them to get over it because they can be a bit embittered by it.
“They think ‘Hold on a minute, I work for you, you’ve got be supportive of me’. But that whole process is taken out of the hands of the PGMOL, this is all dealt with by the FA and their independent panel.”