Ex-Uefa official issues verdict on possible Ben Davies injustice as controversial Rangers footage emerges
Keith Hackett has insisted Ben Davies did not commit a handball offence in Rangers’ 4-0 victory over Hearts at the weekend (1 October).
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Uefa referee insisted the ball struck Davies arm rather than the other way round and there was too much doubt for the referee to give a penalty.
As shown on the BBC’s Sportscene programme, when the scores were level Hearts appealed for a spot-kick when the ball bounced up onto the 27-year-old’s arm.
Connor Goldson had blocked a Lawrence Shankland shot before the ball struck Davies from close-range.
Referee Steven McLean was stood at least five yards outside of the penalty area but his view of the incident was blocked by Shankland.
Therefore, he waved away Hearts’ appeals and Rangers were allowed to launch a counter-attack.
Click below for exclusive transfer news
“The referee has got no chance,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“That was less of a handball than the Leil Abada one in the Celtic game with Motherwell.
“You are not going to give that as a referee because there is too much doubt in it.
“It’s more the ball hitting him rather than it being deliberate. I think the referee’s judgement on that one is correct.”
Davies was making his fourth appearance of the season at Tynecastle and was taken off at half-time.
He was being protected as he started the 2-0 loss to former side Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League on Tuesday night (4 October).