Ex-Premier League referee: Nottingham Forest and Derby County set for FA charges as controversial footage analysed
Nottingham Forest and Derby County will both be slapped with a Football Association charge for failing to control their players.
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the scenes following Forest’s 2-1 win over their east Midlands rivals on Saturday (22 January).
The firey game saw seven yellow cards dished out as well as a late red card for Derby’s Ravel Morrison.
The tension boiled over towards the end of the game with the visitors awarded a penalty with two minutes to go before Morrison’s red card deep into stoppage time.
As quoted by the Guardian after the game, Wayne Rooney threw his support behind the reaction of his players because it shows they still care about the club despite their desperate situation.
“The Football Association will charge both clubs for failing to control their players,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“That’s the last thing that Derby County want. A simple thing like that could be a heavy fine.
“When they are short of cash it can lead to other things. The whole scenario that surrounds Derby County is horrendous and could follow the path of Bury.”
Despite defeat at the City Ground, Derby remain off the bottom of the Championship table with a 21-point deduction.
Rooney’s side are just eight points from safety although they have played two more games than Barnsley and Peterborough United who make up the bottom three.