Hackett hits back as Shearer fumes at Tottenham controversy
Keith Hackett has insisted Japhet Tanganga did not deserve a red card for his altercation with Wilfried Zaha in Crystal Palace’s 3-0 win over Tottenham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee claimed Tanganga could not have been shown two yellow cards for one incident.
Just after the hour mark, the Spurs man pushed Zaha after he attempted to take the ball around him as Palace broke on the counterattack.
Zaha was not happy and the two squared up to each other before players from both sides ran over to break up the altercation.
The pair were both shown yellow cards by Jonathon Moss.
Speaking on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, Alan Shearer suggested Tanganga could have been shown two yellows for the incident.
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The 22-year-old was subsequently given a second booking just five minutes later.
The scores were 0-0 at the time of his dismissal but Crystal Palace eventually won 3-0 as Tottenham fell to their first Premier League defeat of the season.
Asked whether he agreed with Shearer’s assessment, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “No.
“You wouldn’t issue two yellow cards for the same offence because this was wrapped up in one offence.
“For me, the referee was spot on with what he did. It led to a bit of a mini confrontation between players.”
Tanganga had started the first three Premier League games of the season at right-back but filled in at the heart of the defence at Selhurst Park.
He will now miss the game against Chelsea next week but summer signing Cristian Romero should be available.