Liverpool told Fabinho deserves retrospective ban as footage emerges

By Keith Hackett

9th May, 2022 | 11:49am

Ex-Premier League referee: Fabinho should get retrospective ban as 'violent' Liverpool footage emerges

Keith Hackett has called the FA to retrospectively ban Fabinho for his foul on Heung-min Son as Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham on Saturday (7 May).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Fabinho’s “forearm smash” fulfilled the requirement for “violent” conduct.

In the 80th minute, the 28-year-old was shown a yellow card for a foul on Son in the middle of the pitch.

It came when the scores were level and Liverpool were looking for a winner that would have boosted their hopes of winning the Premier League title.

“That’s a red card offence,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Clearly that’s a forearm smash. That’s a red card and he should have gone.

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“This is exactly what VAR is for. The referee has seen it so that means the FA should take further action and I doubt they will take any further action.

“However, it is that type of incident where the FA should take further action.

“For me, fulfils the VAR criteria of a clear and obvious error. As a consequence, VAR should have come in on that.

“I ask the question, how can a referee give a yellow card within the laws of the game for an offence that fulfils the criteria for violent conduct?”

A red card would have seen Fabinho banned for Liverpool’s next three domestic games.

That includes Saturday’s (14 May) FA Cup final with Chelsea at Wembley.

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