Ex-Premier League referee: John Stones victim of major injustice as controversial footage analysed at Man City
Man City defender John Stones should not have been sent off as England lost 4-0 to Hungary in the Nations League on Tuesday night (14 June).
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider insisted Stones should not have been shown a yellow card for his challenge on Daniel Gazdag.
The 28-year-old was initially cautioned after 37 minutes before he was shown a second yellow with less than 10 minutes of the game to go.
He will now miss England’s trip to Italy in their next Nations League game in September.
“Normally this referee is pretty consistent at a high level,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“On this particular game, whether he lacked concentration or not, I don’t think he had a particularly good performance.
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“I thought he was correct with the first yellow for John Stones but the second one, for me, takes some selling.
“I’ve always said to referees ‘Look, if you’re going to issue a second yellow I want to see it more towards an orange, a bit more meat in it’.
“I know there are technical offences but I don’t think John Stones should have been sent off. I’m very clear about that, I thought the referee got it wrong.
“The first one is a block and with the second one there may have been a flag from his assistant but for me, that was a bit of weak refereeing, poor refereeing.
“The first one, ok, but the second one not. What it shows is that England have got to take great care when they go to the World Cup.
“The referees are focused and are in a very competitive environment. They all want to referee the final, they will follow the instruction of Cillina very closely.
“England players have got to learn how to deal with overseas referees and take even more care with the challenges.”