By Keith Hackett

17th Aug, 2021 | 6:00pm

Hackett digs at Grealish for shirking in Tottenham v Man City controversy

Anthony Taylor was right to caution Jack Grealish late on as Manchester City beat Tottenham at the weekend, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League referee insisted Anthony Taylor got the decision “spot on”.

Grealish was booked in the closing stages of Sunday’s game for complaining that Lucas Moura had gone down too easily after a challenge.

Taylor was widely praised for his display in the game that saw him hand out just three yellow cards in a heated affair.

“He got it right,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“Clearly you cannot allow, no matter what time in the game it is if a cautionable offence takes place you have to issue the sanction. You’re there to officiate added time as well as you are the whole game.

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“My view was that we don’t know whether a quiet word has been giving to Grealish but Anthony Taylor could not ignore it. Therefore his reaction was correct and it was a fair reaction. He dealt with the problem and nipped it in the bud.

“You can argue, was this an outcome of the light touch? It is about the player’s responsibility here. They get booked because they’re breaking the law. These weren’t frivolous yellow cards by Anthony Taylor in this match, they were deserved. I think he got that one spot on.”

Taylor issued just one caution in normal time – a yellow card for Moura in the 63rd minute.

Both Grealish and Davinson Sanchez was shown yellow cards in stoppage time of the second-half.

In other news, Tottenham have been told to strike a “brilliant” swap deal by after a Manchester City Source’s Harry Kane bid update.