Hackett: Premier League may force through major change after Ronaldo-Man United footage emerges
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Man United may see post-match interviews in the Premier League return to the tunnel.
That is the view of ex-FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after fans stayed at Old Trafford for an hour after the final whistle to see Ronaldo complete his post-match duties.
The winger scored twice in Man United’s convincing 4-1 win over Newcastle United.
The BBC report “hundreds” of spectators stayed for 60 minutes to watch the returning hero speak to the media.
Post-match interviews have been done pitchside since the Premier League returned after the pandemic last year.
The Daily Mail reported on August 18 the Premier League hopes to return to tunnel interviews after the October international break.
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And Hackett has suggested Saturday’s scenes will only sharpen their view.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “First of all, what we’ve got to understand, is that at Old Trafford and at other grounds the security is really tight.
“There’s a ground commander who is almost at assistant chief constable level. The ground commander is a pretty high ranking police officer and there is the permanent guy from the security staff of the stadium. They attend the referee’s dressing room prior to kick-off to discuss security aspects.
“We regularly see on the TV the interviews with players and that’s the norm. It’s not a problem.
“It was a problem this weekend because of the reintroduction of Ronaldo to Manchester United. That might hurry up the review process.
“The security of whoever is doing that interview is paramount and they do a really good job of that.
“The Premier League, and the television, like it inside the stadium because of the quality of sound and vision. It’s a closed environment where the PR person can be in attendance.
“It’s all done pretty professionally.”