By Keith Hackett

7th Nov, 2022 | 12:44pm

Ex-Premier League referee: Dean Henderson should be banned as controversial Nottingham Forest footage emerges

Dean Henderson should have been sent off as Nottingham Forest drew 2-2 with Brentford on Saturday (5 November), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Henderson should have been shown a second yellow card for his reaction to the penalty Brentford were awarded.

As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, Brentford were awarded a spot-kick when the 25-year-old brought down Yoane Wissa.

He was shown a yellow card after a VAR review but was left incensed by the decision and continued to protest against the decision.

A second yellow would have seen the goalkeeper banned for Forest’s next Premier League game.

“What we have with the Henderson incident is Marriner miles away from play,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

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“I’ve made that reference before about his inability now to apply a dynamic sprint to get him in contact with play.

“The VAR operator has a hot potato and he passes it back to the referee to have a look at it.

“He awards a penalty kick and issues a yellow card.

“When he looks at the monitor I can’t see him not giving a penalty kick. 

“This whole nonsense has been created by the PGMOL saying to its referees and the media before the season they were not going to penalise a light touch.

“Looking at double jeopardy, if the goalkeeper makes a genuine attempt to play the ball, it’s not a red card. The general view is he got a touch on the ball so he’s made an attempt to play the ball.

“Marriner is miles away from play and you’ve got the worse VAR operator in Lee Mason. Between the two of them, they’ve made a mess and didn’t sell their decision for me.

“You can’t argue against it being a penalty kick but he’s not given penalties for other incidents.

“He’s issued a yellow card but then the protest from Henderson warranted a second yellow card.

“Henderson is really lucky to stay on the field of play.”

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