By Keith Hackett

17th Dec, 2021 | 12:00pm

Ex-Premier League referee hits out as controversial Hayden footage emerges from Newcastle

Mike Dean made an error by not stopping the game before Liverpool scored their equaliser in their 3-1 win over Newcastle United, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Dean made a wrong judgement call when he saw Isaac Hayden down in the Newcastle penalty area.

Hayden had stayed on the ground after challenging a header with Ibrahima Konate from a corner.

Liverpool then launched another cross into the box that Diogo Jota finished off with Hayden still on the ground clutching his head.

As quoted by Chronicle Live after the game, Eddie Howe admitted he “couldn’t believe” Dean’s actions and his player was “not 100 per cent himself” after the incident.

“When I’m coaching referees I talk about safety refereeing,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“He should have been aware that this was in and around the head area and therefore stopped to blow the game. There’s no question.

“He didn’t because it is his judgement. In my opinion, he got his judgement wrong.

“Equally, you can be critical of Newcastle because are there processes in relation to players who are concussed or potentially concussed in place and operating correctly? That’s for them to determine.

“I think this player was allowed to carry on when he might have been part concussed. That’s the danger.

“Mike Dean should have blown and then he could quickly get the coach on to assess it. Players’ safety takes precedence.

“This is a consequence of players going to ground and the difficulty that referees face.

“It’s a judgement call, he’s not a doctor, he’s got to make an observation. It’s easy for me to say after seeing it and being aware of it.

“He should have done, he didn’t and the result was a goal. For me, that was an error.”

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