By Keith Hackett

14th Sep, 2021 | 3:00pm

Hackett blown away by 'terrific' trio after Davies-Tottenham controversy

Keith Hackett has heaped praise on the match officials for awarding Crystal Palace a penalty against Tottenham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee insisted the decision, flagged by the assistant, was “terrific”.

Palace won a spot-kick after a cross from Conor Gallagher struck Ben Davies’ outstretched arm.

Wilfried Zaha converted the penalty to score his side’s first goal in their impressive 3-0 win at Selhurst Park.

“I thought the decision was terrific,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Great officiating. John Moss was not in a position to judge, the assistant was. The vigour of which he flagged sold the decision to me.

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“When you see the replay he had not alternative. The hand and arm was extending out of the body and it fills the criteria of handball, 100 per cent.

“There was no doubt in the decision, it was a good piece of refereeing and good teamwork.

“I don’t think every handball in the penalty area is a yellow card. Let’s put some value into a yellow card.

“If that handball had stopped a promising attack…In some instances, then, yes.

“But I support the match official’s decision. The penalty kick is sufficient punishment.

“We got into that habit, as English referees, of showing a yellow card for every penalty. With the lighter touch that we are seeing, we’re seeing a softer touch and I think that is benefitting the game.

“It will work if the players behave. One of the differences at the Euros was that the player’s discipline was excellent. If we see a deterioration of player behaviour then it does make it difficult for the referee to apply a lighter touch.”

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