Ex-Premier League ref swipes at Cooper after baffling Swansea City comments
Steve Cooper is wrong to suggest Chris Kavanagh should not have refereed the play-off final between Swansea City and Brentford, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and FIFA official admitted he finds it “amusing” when Cooper criticises referees as his Dad, Keith, was an “outstanding” referee.
Kavanagh was in charge when Brentford beat Swansea City 3-1 at the play-off semi-final stage last term.
Speaking after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Brentford in this season’s final, Cooper told Wales Online he was therefore “surprised” he was appointed to the game.
The Welshman was unhappy that Jay Fulton was given a red card for his foul on Mathias Jensen in the 65th minute.
Asked whether Kavanagh’s history with the two sides will have affected his decision making, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Absolutely not.
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“The teams change, the tactics change.
“Ok, Swansea are in that position and it’s a great position to be in so that’s going to happen. Kavanagh’s a top-class referee.
“I always find it amusing when Steve Cooper makes comments because his dad is Keith Cooper, the former Welsh top referee. Let’s make no bones about it, his Dad was an outstanding referee.
“I always take what he says with a pinch of salt.”
Swansea have now failed in the play-offs in both of Cooper’s seasons in charge of the club.
Brentford will take their place in the Premier League for the first time after going one better than last season when they lost the play-off final to Fulham.