Wolves news: Hackett slams 'unacceptable' Gibbs-White challenge

By Keith Hackett

10th May, 2021 | 5:00pm

Ex-Premier League ref slams 'unacceptable' Gibbs-White and wants bungling Wolves official axed

Keith Hackett has slammed Morgan Gibbs-White for his “unacceptable” challenge on Dan Burn which could have cost Wolves victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-head of the PGMOL claimed referee Jonathan Moss should not be given a game in the next round of Premier League fixtures after missing the incident.

Gibbs-White was tightly marking Burn at a Brighton corner and had both arms around the towering wing-back before he fell to the ground.

Speaking on Match of the Day Live, as relayed by the Argus, ex-Brighton striker Glenn Murray insisted his former side should have been awarded a penalty.

He explained: “He has basically rugby-tackled him. You have got to get your arms up in that situation, but Gibbs-White is out of control of the situation here.”

Asked whether he agreed that it was a rugby tackle, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes, it was.

“I cannot understand why the referee did not penalise it. 

“What we’ve seen is, if you remember this season, is Harry Maguire get away with moments like this. That is unacceptable.

“If it was me, the referee would be sitting on his hands next week. There has got to be a level of accountability for these incidents.

“Holding and blocking is an offence.”

Gibbs-White went on to win the game for Wolves with his first-ever Premier League goal in the closing stages.

The 21-year-old was making just his second Premier League start of the season at Molineux.

In other news, Wolves are preparing for life without Raul Jimenez after a big transfer development.