By Keith Hackett

20th Sep, 2021 | 8:15pm

Hackett: Johnson may be in hot water with FA after Sunderland reveal

Lee Johnson may be set for an FA warning after his comments following Fleetwood Town’s last-minute penalty against Sunderland.

That is the view of ex-FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as Sunderland dropped two points away from home.

The hosts were awarded a 96th-minute spot-kick after Bailey Wright pulled Callum Morton’s shirt in the box.

Ged Garner scored from the spot as Sunderland were knocked off the top of League One.

As quoted by Chronicle Live, Johnson complained about “bad refereeing”.

He added: “I just think that he couldn’t wait to give it…”I’ll look at his [Neil Hair’s] next six games, and every time there’s a corner and somebody blocks someone or every time there’s half an inch of a shirt pull, he’d better give it.”

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Asked for his assessment of Johnson’s comments, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “This is the danger of referee’s inconsistently dealing with holding and pulling in the box.

“I think there is an inconsistency so when it’s awarded, managers question it.

“In the case of Lee Johnson, if the FA read that comment they should be asking for his views and opinions to explain his comment.

“Again, I can read into those comments and say he’s questioning the integrity of the referee.

“If he’s unhappy with the referee, he can go into the dressing room 20 minutes after the game to have that conversation.

“The opposition manager will balance his marks out by giving him more.

“He’s calling into question the whole marking system by clubs and managers. If they mark a referee on one decision, how unfair is that?”

In other news, Kevin Phillips has tipped Sunderland to unleash a “secret weapon” after a Johnson update.