Hackett cites Sir Alex as Mourinho faces ban for Tottenham post-match outburst

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is at “risk” of being given a touchline ban for his post-match comments about referee Michael Oliver.

That is the view of former FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Mourinho labelled Oliver as “tired” after his performance in Sunday’s north London derby.

Mourinho took umbrage with Oliver’s decision to award the hosts a penalty after a coming together between Alexander Lacazette and Davinson Sanchez in the Spurs box.

Lacazette converted the subsequent penalty as Arsenal ran out 2-1 victors over their local rivals.

“It’s an unhelpful comment,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“The reason I say that is, at the game there is a match delegate and he’s the representative of the Premier League. He watches the referee’s performance and he issues a report on the referee’s performance.

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“But before he does that he has a debate with both managers and in that situation if the manager’s unhappy with the referee’s performance he has an outlet to do that. If he’s further unhappy and not satisfied with the outcomes he can even use the services of the LMA.

“Generally, the FA in first instance, will usually write to him and take into account the record of the manager and say ‘This is out of order.’

“Ideally managers aren’t supposed to make comments. They can say ‘In my opinion, this is the wrong decision’ and I think he’s gone into the side where he’s questioning the fitness of the referee whether physically or mentally in terms of concentration.

“A few years ago, when I was on watch that’s exactly what Ferguson did, question the fitness of Alan Wiley and I responded because I was able to demonstrate in terms of distance covered and speed compared to all the players on the field of play, he was at worst number three of the 22 players. I was able to respond with facts.

“That can be helpful, to respond with actual stats.

“Mourinho will probably get a private letter to remind him of his responsibilities but the problem he’s got is his history. It might be that they decide to do something else.

“He’s at risk, certainly, of a touchline ban because he’s questioned the ability of a referee.”

In other news, Tottenham have been told by a top pundit to make a U-turn on a key transfer decision.