Hackett: Evatt set for FA warning after Sheffield Wednesday-Bolton controversy
The FA should send Ian Evatt a letter of warning for his comments after Bolton Wanderers’ 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League referee and Sheffield Wednesday fan insisted complaints about big club bias are “nonsense”.
Evatt was left fuming after the game as he felt Dominic Iorfa should have been sent off.
As quoted by the Manchester Evening News (October 10) the Bolton boss suggested Iorfa avoided a second yellow “because it’s Hillsborough”.
“I think that he’s got to actually look at both clubs and where they are at. History says both are big clubs,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“If we look at it from a historical point of view, I think Bolton have spent more time in the Premier League more recently than Sheffield Wednesday.
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“From a manager’s point of view, these decisions are on opinions and finite. The referee doesn’t feel like it’s a second yellow, some would argue it did so there is a consensus there is a doubt as to why he didn’t give a second yellow. His judgement.
“Out of frustration he’s probably made those comments and is probably regretting them now. This nonsense big club, little club is a nonsense and I hope he regrets what he said.
“I hope the FA, who are kept fairly busy, don’t get involved and say it’s frustration from a manager. At most, send him a little letter saying ‘Be careful, what you say’.”