Hackett: 'Out of control' McAllister may get Sunderland ban reduced

Sunderland have every chance of reducing Jamie McAllister’s “really severe” six-game ban, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-head of the PGMOL insisted the club will have sought the correct guidance and therefore will be confident a potential appeal can be successful.

The first three games of assistant boss McAllister’s suspension are a stadium ban and the final three are a touchline ban.

It comes after he was charged with violent conduct for his role in a tunnel incident in last month’s game with Oxford United.

Oxford boss Karl Robinson has been handed a four-game ban.

Both men were absent for their side’s games this weekend and Lee Johnson told the ChronicleLive Sunderland are set to appeal McAllister’s ban.

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“That is really severe, a stadium ban and it’s unusual,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Not knowing what the offence means it’s difficult to comment on whether there’s a reduction.

“Obviously, Sunderland will have sought some guidance, one would have thought before they put in an appeal.

“It looks as though there’s been a real fracas and he’s not just thumped somebody but he’s really got on top of someone and heaving into him so he’s gone out of control.

“The Oxford manager, Karl Robinson, has got a bit of form. His reputation follows him. I don’t think he’s shy of coming forward.

“The only thing that I can say is this, when a club makes an appeal they have to be accurate and supply additional evidence in order to get an overturn.

“The chances of success are, often sitting on the disciplinary panels is a player, a manager and a former referee. They’re taking a chance but given the situation, it’s probably a chance worth taking.

“They might have a chance of reducing the punishment.”

In other news, Kevin Phillips has backed Sunderland to reignite their pursuit of a 22-goal striker after a £2million reveal.