Jack Grealish deserves retrospective punishment after Cesar Azplicuata’s red card against Aston Villa was overturned on appeal.
That is the view of ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the incident that saw the Chelsea skipper sent off in the dying stages on the final day of the Premier League.
Azpilicueta was given his marching orders when his arm appeared to striker Grealish in the face but it was rescinded on appeal.
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) May 25, 2021
The Villa captain lied on the ground after the incident and Hackett has claimed he needs to be punished to stop other players following his example.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “When a player puts his hand in a player’s neck and above, he’s at risk.
“But when they go to review, they’ve got a chance to see it many times and you go ‘Fine.’ It demonstrates that Grealish doesn’t help himself.
“This is where there should be retrospective punishment for diving.
“I think this is where it’s wrong. There’s a general feeling that people think we shouldn’t re-referee but that’s what VAR does. VAR re-referees.
“If it’s going to re-referee those incidents on the field when someone does deceive the referee, what is the potential punishment for the player? He’s got away with it, he’ll do it again and other players will copy him.”
Grealish was the most fouled player in the Premier League this season, for the second campaign in a row.
He suffered 227 fouls across the last two seasons despite missing 14 games in that period.