Ex-Premier League referee demands FA investigation as 'horrendous' Jack Grealish image emerges from Man City
The FA should launch an investigation into Nathan Collins’ red card on Jack Grealish as Wolves lost 3-0 to Man City on Saturday (17 September), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and Fifa referee suggested Collins should receive a longer ban than just three matches.
The 21-year-old was shown a straight red card after half an hour when he launched a kung-fu kick on Grealish.
The Mirror reported on Sunday (18 September) that Collins waited for 25 minutes after the game to personally apologise to the City forward who accepted the apology.
“Oh, when you look at it, it’s horrendous,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I hope the football authorities take a look at this because this is way out of order.
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“He’s launched himself from some distance. You can see he’s facing his foot so there’s power behind that.
“I think he was fortunate that Grealish, although light in stature, is a strong player and was able to see it coming and brace.
“That was a hospital tackle if there ever was one, there’s no room in the game for that.
“He’s going to get three matches, I suspect. But if the authorities look at that they might think he deserves more.
“I suppose the problem is they’ve got criteria they can work to and the maximum punishment they can give is three games.
“Apologising afterwards is like waving the ambulance away. It’s too late. I don’t read anything into that.
“Ultimately, the responsibility for the player when making the challenge is to make it in a fair and equitable manner. This is not football, this is brutality.”
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