By Keith Hackett

14th Sep, 2021 | 6:45am

Ex-Premier League referee: Nuno blunder cost Tottenham dearly against Palace after 'reckless' incident

Tottenham made a major error by not substituting Japhet Tanganga after he recieved his first yellow card against Crystal Palace.

That is the view of ex-FIFA and Premier Leaguer referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the incident that led to Tanganga‘s dissmisal.

The Spurs defender was shown a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Jordan Ayew.

It came just five minutes after he was shown an intial booking for an altercation with Wilfried Zaha.

The scores were level at the time of his sending off but Palace eventually beat 10-man Tottenham 3-0.

“On the second one, what bemuses players is that in a way, no contact was made but it’s a reckless challenge,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“The foot was high, so therefore he went to ground and fulfilled the requirement of a yellow card.

“The gap between issuing one yellow card and a second is, to some degree, immaterial. 

“In John Moss, despite the criticism that I give him, he’s an experienced referee.

“What we should be saying is that the coach should really try and educate the player to calm down.

“I’ve seen situations where I think ‘What influence could the manager have had on that situation?’ Seeing the challenge on Zaha and the frustration that came from it, in hindsight, could the manager have substituted the player? Or, could the captain of the team quietened him down?

“The referee could have got into a position to try and calm down the player but he didn’t give him much opportunity.”

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