Ex-Premier League referee: Walker deserves extended ban as controversial Man City footage emerges
Kyle Walker should have been sent off for Man City in their 0-0 draw with Southampton, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee insisted VAR should not have intervened after Jon Moss awarded Southampton a penalty for Walker’s challenge on Adam Armstrong.
The Saints striker burst into the box past Ruben Dias before Walker came from behind to bring him down.
Moss pointed to the spot and sent Walker off before VAR intervention meant both actions were overturned.
A straight red card would have seen the defender serve a three-game domestic ban.
“First of all, I have been critical of Jon Moss as a referee but on this occasion, the award of a penalty kick was the correct decision,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“This was a foul Kyle Walker came in and it was a careless challenge. It was definitely a penalty kick.
“He’s given a red card, in doing that, he’s got to say that the denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity has taken place. I think there was a denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity here.
“To issue a red card, he’s got to determine the player who has committed the foul challenge has not made an attempt to play the ball. That’s the subjective bit. Was Kyle Walker, in making that challenge, did he make a challenge for the ball? For me, I’m saying he’s played the man and not the ball.
“On first view, I had a dilemma in my own mind, was it red or was it yellow? VAR has clouded this issue by getting involved when it’s not a clear and obvious error. I’m very clear on that.
“John Moss was right to award the penalty kick but whether it was a red or a yellow card is a subjective decision, it’s his call and he decided red. It should not have been overturned.”