Ex-Premier League referee: Davinson Sanchez 'lucky' to escape punishment as Tottenham extended ban claim issued
Davinson Sanchez should have been shown a yellow card for his challenge on Danny Ward as Tottenham beat Leicester City 6-3 on Saturday (17 September), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Sanchez’s challenge on the goalkeeper should have been punished.
As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, Ivan Perisic thought he had scored directly from a corner to put his side 3-1 up.
However, Simon Hooper blew for a foul by Sanchez but did not show him a yellow or red card.
If he was sent off the 26-year-old would have been banned for Spurs’ next three domestic games.
“This was a foul on the goalkeeper,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“The player had his arm out. I think he’s lucky to escape a sanction of a yellow card, I don’t think it was red.
“I think the outcome was the correct one. He’s got the goalkeeper and therefore the decision to rule the goal out is the correct one.
“Here, again, another referee who I’ve been very critical of. But Hooper has got himself off to a really good start to the season. He’s refereeing well and getting the bigger games.
“He’s got this one right. That left arm is a bit of a swinging arm.
“When a referee looks at that, a bent arm gains you an elevation if it’s above the shoulder. The question is, where does he put it? He seems to have planted it on the goalkeeper with a bit of credibility.
“I think he’s lucky to escape a yellow card.”