Ex-Premier League referee demands extended ban and laws rewritten after analysing Callum McGregor footage from Celtic
The laws should be rewritten after Mark O’Hara was only shown a yellow card for his challenge on Callum McGregor as St Mirren beat Celtic 2-0 on Sunday (18 September), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted O’Hara’s deserved a red card and the laws need to be rewritten to reflect this.
As shown on the BBC’s Sportscene programme, the 26-year-old appeared to stamp on McGregor’s foot but was only cautioned.
A red card would have seen O’Hara banned for St Mirren’s next three games.
“He’s got away with it because it’s low down,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“It appears that football, at the moment, is not going to give a red card for what is a plant on the top of a foot.
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“For me, football has got to outlaw this type of challenge.
“I fully understand under the current references, football is tending to say this is a yellow card and the referee is following those guidelines.
“As lawmakers, I think the IFAB need to start looking at this type of challenge and bring it into the remit of a red card.
“Under the current remit, the referee is correct to give a yellow card. However, my view is that these are challenges that are endangering the safety of an opponent.
“Ultimately, referees and the competitions have got to agree. The IFAB can say, with a guideline, ‘We’ve seen these challenges creep into the game and we want them to be red, not yellow cards’.”