Ex-Premier League referee: FA set to punish Bolton Wanderers after 'extraordinary incident'
Bolton Wanderers are set for an FA probe and could be fined after the ugly scenes during their 4-0 loss to Lancashire rivals Wigan Athletic.
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the next steps after crowd trouble marred the game at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Bolton released a club statement (October 16), via Sky Sports, confirming they have launched their own investigation.
Supporters of both clubs were ejected as objects – including pyrotechnics – were thrown onto the pitch.
A Wigan statement also condemned the scenes and confirmed they will be working closely with Greater Manchester Police to support an investigation.
Hackett has suggested the footballing authorities will also get involved.
“What happens is that the authorities, the FA and the EFL, will already have said they’re going to investigate,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The first thing they will do is seek the views of both clubs, seek video evidence and they will have some themselves via broadcast media.
“The whole thing will be reported by the match referee on the system that the FA use. The referee will have noted it as an extraordinary incident. It will be in the FA disciplinary department and that will be reviewed.
“If charges are the be made it will come from the Football Association. There will be a review, they will look at what was the level of security, what was the level of police presence. It will probably finish up that both clubs get a fine.”