Ex-Premier League ref: Tottenham star Doherty may be set for FIFA charge after reveal
Tottenham defender Matt Doherty may be set for a FIFA charge after his comments while on Republic of Ireland duty, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee claimed Doherty questioned the integrity of the officials in Ireland’s defeat to Portugal last week.
Steven Kenny’s side put in a heroic performance and were leading 1-0 up until the 89th minute.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late brace to hand Portugal a win while he broke the men’s record for most international goals in the process.
As quoted by RTE on September 4, Doherty claimed those watching the game would “feel uncomfortable with certain things that went on”.
He also suggested if the hosts did not score late on “something would have happened in the last minutes of the game for them to get an opportunity”.
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“There’s no doubt that he is questioning the integrity of the referee,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“As the authorities, I would ask for the player’s observations to determine whether or not he’s going to be charged.
“At the same time, I think the authorities might just want to look. I would never question the integrity of the referee but you can question the competence.
“This is where the player has made the mistake. You get referees who have off games like players do. Don’t question his integrity, question his competence.
“He can say ‘I thought the referee had an indifferent game’. There are ways of getting that message across rather than questioning the integrity of the match official.”