By Keith Hackett

21st Sep, 2021 | 10:42am

Ex-Premier League referee: FA may suspend senior figure after Luton v Swansea footage goes viral

Keith Hackett has suggested referee Tony Harrington could be suspended by the Football Association after failing to send Luton Town midfielder Henri Lansbury off against Swansea City.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League official admitted he was “amazed” by the incident in Saturday’s 3-3 draw.

Lansbury clattered Swansea’s Ryan Manning to the ground when attempting a free-kick, with footage going viral on social media.

Harrington awarded the former Villa and Nottingham Forest star a yellow card.

However, Hackett insisted it was a clear sending off for the Luton Town man.

He suggested the referee could find himself in hot water if the FA cannot upgrade the booking.

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Hackett told Football Insider’s Connor Whitley: “The referee was Tony Harrington. I was amazed when I saw this.

“This is a straight red, every day, any day. When you look decisions like this, you’d say what was the referee doing?

“Any new referee needs to understand the first thing you do when you award a free-kick is manage the position of the ball.

“The second one is for the defending wall to be back the 9.15 metres of distance. What I have to say is where was the referee in managing the restart? Non-existent.

“You’re allowing the player to be hovering around. The player taking the kick wipes him out.

“It’s a deliberate kick at an opponent. There’s no way that’s yellow.

“Personally, I think the Football Association should be in a position to upgrade (it to a red card). I would hope the FA look at this one.

“First of all, ask the referee his views on the incident. I think they’ve every right to ask the referee and probably charge the referee for failure to apply the laws of the game.

“It’s happened occasionally. There is a remit where the FA can do that. That would be a suspension.”

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