Ex-Premier League referee: 27-year-old deserves ban after Wolves star Coady in controversy
Andorra’s Marc Rebés should have been shown a second yellow card for his challenge on Wolves’ Conor Coady in England’s 5-0 win at the weekend.
That is the view of ex-FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after England’s men team were officiated by a woman for the first time.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Gareth Southgate insisted Kateryna Monzul overseeing the game was a “very important moment”.
The game was a low-key affair but Monzul dished out five yellow cards to Andorra and England.
Rebes, 27, was shown his first yellow in the 55th minute for elbowing John Stones and committed a similar offence on Coady just 10 minutes later.
Asked for his assessment of Monzul’s performance, Hackett told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley: “I loved the way that the referee, in a correct position, awarded a penalty kick. It was sold very positively.
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“I think players of both teams reacted positively. There was less aggression in terms of dissent and actions towards the referee. They were well measured towards the referee, which was good to see.
“The one area I would question was Rebes of Andorra in the 55th minute was correctly cautioned for the deliberate use of the elbow. To clarify, when referee’s see the elbow they’re looking for a clenched fist and the backward movement. In that situation, that’s more towards a red card than a yellow.
“If there was a slight negative, this player committed a second act in the 66th minute on Coady and was lucky the referee only decided to speak to him.
“I wonder if the influence was that the game was one-sided and therefore didn’t want to make it worse. That’s not her job, a referee’s duty is to apply the laws of the game.
“For consistency, this player should have been shown a yellow card and dismissed.”
A second yellow would have seen Rebes sent off and handed a one-game ban.