By Keith Hackett

9th Nov, 2022 | 4:00pm

Ex-Uefa official issues 'illegal' claim as 'extraordinary' Nottingham Forest footage emerges

Nottingham Forest will be investigated for an incident before their 2-2 draw with Brentford on Saturday (5 November), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Uefa and Premier League referee claimed Andre Marriner will note a clash between Nottingham Forest ground staff and Brentford’s players as an “extraordinary incident” in his match report.

The match officials were undergoing their warm-up nearby and had to intervene to separate the Forest ground staff and Brentford players.

Gary Lineker relayed on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme that the Premier League were awaiting Marriner’s report before they made a decision on what to do next.

“Ground staff are very protective of their pitch so you wonder whether something has been done like an illegal marking on the playing surface for him to get involved,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“What tends to happen at the games is that they are allocated an area to warm up in and it might be that this guy thinks they’ve extended beyond that.

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“Ultimately, at the end of the day, these things shouldn’t happen.

“It has happened and no doubt the FA and league will ask for an investigation.

“The referee will report this as an extraordinary incident in his report.”

The 2-2 draw for Nottingham Forest means they remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

They have collected just 10 points from their opening 14 Premier League games and are next in league action against Crystal Palace on Saturday (12 November).

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