Ex-Premier League ref: Xhaka from the 'dark ages' after 'brutal' Arsenal reveal
Granit Xhaka is stuck in the “dark ages” if he does not think he deserved a red card for Arsenal in their 5-0 defeat to Man City, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee claimed Xhaka “doesn’t understand the laws of the game” and will be a liability for Arsenal going forward.
The midfielder was shown a straight red card for his foul on Joao Cancelo in the game immediately before the international break.
As quoted by Football 365 on 1 September Xhaka claimed he found the decision “brutally surprising”.
“I’m quite clear on this,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“It seems to me that someone from the PGMOL, accompanied by the chairman of the PGMOL, the club and the club manager need to get together. There needs to be a conversation here.
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“This player clearly, in that statement, does not understand the laws of the game in relation to challenges.
“Whilst he’s ignorant to the laws of the game he will continue to make these challenges and will continue to get sent off.
“It’s in Arsenal’s interest to arrange that meeting. They’re not new. I’ve done them in the past where you have that debate and discussion with the manager.
“It was a clear red card and it will be a red card every time he continues to do it.
“He’s working on a law that’s from the dark ages. ‘You play the ball, that gets you out of jail’ – it doesn’t work like that anymore.”