Ex-Premier League referee slams Kavanagh after Brentford v Swansea controversy

Matt Grimes should have been sent off in the opening stages of Swansea City’s play-off final defeat to Brentford, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League official slammed referee Chris Kavanagh for not doing his “homework”.

Grimes was only shown a yellow card for a poor challenge on Sergi Canos that left the Brentford players furious after just five minutes.

Just four minutes later Freddie Woodman gave away a penalty that Ivan Toney duly converted.

The Bees scored again after 20 minutes as they recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory.

“I thought it was interesting because it seemed to me that tactically, Chris Kavanagh, hadn’t done his homework so much,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“In the opening stages of the game there was a number of fouls and he didn’t react too much to them. Ok, it’s a final and he wants the game to breathe but when that challenge went in in the fifth minute from Matt Grimes, that was a red card offence. He should have been walking.

“That’s easy for me as a pundit to say that. But when you’re out in the middle and you send a player off you have to be 100 per cent certain. 

“I think the view was ‘This was in the fifth minute, I’m going to allow it because I don’t totally see it as a red.’ That was his thinking. In the light of day, when you look at it, it was a red card.”

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