Hackett: Lloris should be stripped of Tottenham captaincy as controversial footage emerges
Hugo Lloris should be stripped of the Tottenham captaincy, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee insisted goalkeepers being the captain makes it difficult for referees to communicate with them.
Spurs were the subject of major refereeing controversy at the weekend after Japhet Tanganga was sent off against Crystal Palace.
The Spurs defender was visibly on edge after he was shown a booking just after the hour mark for an altercation with Wilfried Zaha.
While Lloris did run over from his goal to deal with a mass confrontation between two sets of players, he did not do enough to calm Tanganga down.
The 23-year-old was shown a second yellow just minutes later for a rash challenge on Jordan Ayew.
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“John Moss wanted to restart the game quickly and I see no fault in that,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Sometimes, if you see a player that’s glazed eyed and unhappy that’s when you can bring the captain across and tell him to say ‘Calm down’. That’s always part of the management process as a referee.
“This is an error from the manager, having the goalkeeper as captain. The referee can still communicate with him but it takes a longer time.
“In a way, the goalkeeper is detached from play or that particular scene. How many times do you bring the goalkeeper up?
“It’s easier to run alongside a midfielder who is the captain and have a quiet word to say ‘Look, have a quiet word with your player, he’s a bit heated up’. The goalkeeper can’t do that.
“I wouldn’t have the goalkeeper as captain.”