Ex-Premier League referee issues emphatic Bobby Madden claim as Doncaster Rovers footage goes viral
Bobby Madden had no choice but to send Lee Tomlin off as Doncaster Rovers drew 0-0 with Bradford City on Saturday (30 July), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee admitted Tomlin’s second yellow card was avoidable if Madden was proactive rather than reactive.
In footage shared by Twitter user @Mattyp45 that has garnered over three million views, the Doncaster Rovers midfielder was cautioned twice in quick succession for delaying the restart and dissent at the end of the first half.
It was Madden’s first game as an EFL referee after he swapped the Scottish game for England this summer.
“I think Bobby Madden was spot on,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“First of all, the player is delaying the restart – that’s a cautionable offence.
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“Then he kicks the ball away which is a public act of dissent. Bobby Madden has got no route out other than to issue a double yellow.
“Earlier in that game, there was a challenge that resulted in a player receiving a double fracture which a lot of fans were saying that might have been a red card. Again, I think Bobby Madden’s judgement on that was correct, it was a yellow card.
“Welcome to the Football League, Bobby Madden. I hope he enjoys his spell with us however long he is here.
“Let me tell you this, if I was assessing Bobby Madden, my advice would have been, do you think, on that first caution, you should have got closer to the player and moved him away?
“The shortfall in Bobby Madden is he was reactive and not proactive. He was correct on the first yellow and he had no option on the second.
“I think the second yellow card was avoidable if he went up to the player, took him to one side issued him with a caution and got him away from the scene.”