Man United controversy 'delights' ex-Fifa ref as footage analysed

By Keith Hackett

13th Dec, 2021 | 5:00pm

Ex-Premier League official: 'Other refs are ignoring it' as Ronaldo controversy at Man United analysed

Keith Hackett was “really delighted” to see Man United awarded a penalty kick for Max Aarons’ foul on Cristiano Ronaldo during Norwich City’s 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted it is about time grappling offences were punished by officials.

Aarons was adjudged to have fouled Ronaldo when he pulled him to the ground as Scott McTominay floated a cross in, as shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme.

Darren England pointed to the spot and Ronaldo converted to secure Man United the three points.

Norwich boss Dean Smith claimed the decision to award a penalty was “dubious”.

“I don’t think it was marginal,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Why this is disputed is because we see so many grappling offences go unpunished. I was really delighted that Darren England, one of the new guys on the block, had the courage to make the right call.

“He got it right, it was a penalty kick.

“In the past and currently other referees are ignoring it. This guy, relatively fresh on the scene, has said ‘I’ve been blowing that as a foul all my life, that’s a foul’. It’s a good piece of refereeing.”

Ralf Rangnick is now unbeaten in his three games in interim charge of Man United since taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last month.

They are now just one place and a point behind fourth-place West Ham in the Premier League table.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has ripped into ‘dangerous’ Man United after the BBC’s £262m reveal.